Did the expense for snow and ice removal run a deficit? And if so, how will that be dealt with?
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Did the budget for snow and ice removal run a deficit and if so, how will that deficit be settled?
Question: How much did snow and ice removal cost Wilmington this winter? It has to be a deficit, right? Where are they going to cut to make up for the deficit? Answer: The short answer is that we got a heckuva lot of snow and it cost a lot to get rid of it. According to Town Manager Jeff Hull, the town had budgeted $547,540 for snow and ice removal in Fiscal Year 2013. The actual costs, as of Friday, March 22, was $627,759. The resulting deficit is $80,219. The good news is no cuts are likely needed to make up for the deficit. Rather, Town Meeting voters will be asked to transfer excess funds from other town accounts to make up the difference. DPW line items will be looked at first and then, if needed, other town departments. Hull said he …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A long-duration storm is knocking on the door, but most local meteorologists expect snowfall in the Merrimack Valley to be limited.
The Merrimack Valley in for some wet weather Wednesday through Friday, according to local forecasts, but don't get out your snow shovels yet. For Boston, the local weather teams aren't predicting very much snow. Instead, expect a lot of rain and maybe some heavy slushy snow in spots. The Merrimack Valley, on the other hand, appears to be due for 3-5 inches of heavy wet snow. Flooding may become an issue in some areas, especially if it turns to rain. Here are the latest forecasts from the local television news weather teams. All totals were updated Wednesday morning. WHDH (7 News): 3-5 inches WLVI (NewsCenter 5): 1-2 inches along the coast, six inches or more inland WBZ (CBS Local): 2-4 inches WFXT (MyFox Boston): 3-5 inches NECN: 3-5 inches
Friday, February 22, 2013
Weather forecasters are predicting at least 10 inches of snow with a over a foot of snow possible.
Will Wilmington get pummeled this weekend with more than a foot of snow or will it be a half-foot with rain mixed in? The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. The NWS said 10 inches of snow or more is possible and warned of heavy wet snow that may fall at 1 to 2 inches per hour. Snow may mix with rain in the Wilmington area. The NWS warned that the heavy wet snow could bring down tree limbs and result in scattered power outages. The various Boston news outlets are all estimating the Merrimack Valley to be in the area getting some of the heaviest snowfall, at anywhere from 6-14 inches. Channel 7 meteorologist Pete Bouchard wrote on his weather blog: Storm start-up still …
Are students at risk of losing some of their summer vacation?
Question: Another winter storm is expected to dump another foot of snow Sunday. If Wilmington loses more days of school, when will the school year end? Answer: Interesting question. Having lost four days of school to snow already, the last day of school is presently June 18. However, as the questioner notes, there is more snow coming in Sunday, so it's possible the last day could be pushed back further.