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Winter Storms Are Melting Snow Removal Budgets

How much has the town spent on snow removal to date? Find out here.

Credit: Tiverton Patch
Credit: Tiverton Patch
The winter of 2013-14 is quickly melting away the snow removal budgets for many Rhode Island communities, including Tiverton. 

As of Thursday (prior to Friday morning's snowstorm), the town of Tiverton has spent the following on snow removal: 
  • $7,600 for DPW personnel overtime (plowing and sanding); 
  • $22,000 for hired plows (called in to help with town drivers); 
  • $13,490 on road salt; 
  • And, $3,000 on sand. 

What do you think the town could do to help with snow removal costs? Tell us in the comment section below! 

Renee Cwiek January 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM
I'm really not sure how the town could change the cost of removing show. It's one of those things that need to be done, and no one can control the weather.
Mike January 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM
I can’t speak for anyone else’s street, but on our street after one city plow goes past a second one will follow within ten minutes. After which about five or ten more minutes 2 or 3 private contractors will go past. This happens every year during every snowfall. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a nicely plowed road, but the frequency of plows going past seems a little excessive. Is it possible the private contractors are taking advantage of the situation? Also, the thing that baffles me is how one smallish storm can break the plow budget. Maybe the city needs to monitor the frequency of plowing. Seems when the snow flies it’s a bit of a free-for-all of plows rolling around. (After writing this I’m going to end up with big snowplowed piles of snow at the end of my drive)
IC Facts January 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM
When I was a kid, the plow came down the street once or twice and then again when the storm was over. It was a big event to watch it out the window. When I was shoveling my driveway after the last storm, the plow came by at least three times. That's unnecessary.

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