Salty savings for local gov’ts

Temperate winter means moneys saved and productive off season

— “In the month of January we did go out and salt nine to 10 times, which is a pretty standard,” Kohout said, “but our amount of plowing has been significantly less.”

Salt savings were a welcomed bonus, but overtime savings were significant, too.

Last winter stressed Rotterdam’s budgeted funds, Longo said, with his department going over salt and barely having enough money to cover overtime. This winter, he said there was “tremendous” savings in overtime.

“We barely touched our overtime budget,” Longo said.

Any leftover money allotted for salaries would be placed into the highway fund balance, which he wants to earmark to buy new equipment.

“I’m always trying to rotate equipment,” he said.

Coppola said Glenville received similar overtime savings like Rotterdam. The winter months usually account for his departments overtime and fuel costs.

“It is a snowball effect of savings,” Coppola said. “Fortunately, Mother Nature blessed us this year with some good weather.”

Coppola said his department exceeded the budgeted amount for salt last year by about $14,000, but managed to keep overtime at the allotted amount.

Also, he said plow related repairs, such as top soil and land seeding, will also be much less this year. When there is a large snowfall, he said plows push snow banks back and can rip up chunks of sod.

Glenville crews also have an early start to spring and summer repairs this year too. Crews have been able to complete storm basin work that will allow for road paving beginning sooner.

“No paving will be done until everything is 100 percent under the blacktop,” he said. “Our paving program is not that expensive, we don’t have a lot of money for paving, so the paving we do we really have to take a look at.”

For this year, Glenville is looking at paving 11 roads totaling about seven miles of paving, Coppola said. Town roads are rated from one to 10, he said, so roads rated six can be paved and treated to bring it up to a nine rating. This work would preserve the roadway for another 10 years, he said.

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