TRURO - Things were looking pretty rosy for Truro’s snow removal costs until a grumpy Shubenacdie Sam decided on Saturday to add six more weeks of winter.
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Glen Scott, a maintenance shop employee with the County of Colchester, is seen putting some new rubber on one of the municipality’s snow plow trucks during a break in winter action.
And whether coincidence or otherwise, snowfall that started on Sunday and carried through until Monday saw another 30 cms of accumulation dumped on the area.
“We were doing really good (prior to the latest snowfall), said the town’s director of public works, Andrew MacKinnon.
Up until Jan. 19, the town had spent about $310,000 (56 per cent) of its $550,000 winter maintenance budget.
“And right now I think that we’re pretty well headed for an even budget,” he said.
Last year, the town ended up 25 per cent over its budget, of the same amount, MacKinnon said.
Colchester County, meanwhile, up to the end of January, had spent $40,671 of its snow removal budget, which this year is approximately $135,000. That does not include any staff overtime costs that would be factored in at a later date.
Up to the end of February 2012, the county spent $54,593 (before overtime costs).
Overall for last year, public works director Ramesh Ummat said the county came in slightly under budget and he expects this year will finish up in similar fashion providing the Mother Nature does not throw any curving snowballs.