Spring snowstorm strains some snow removal budgets
Difficult for municipal councils to predict snowfall
The snowstorm that hit New Brunswick on Wednesday, the first day of spring, illustrates how difficult it can be for municipal councils to budget for snow removal, officials say.
Saint John has set aside $5.9 million for 2013-14, but has already spent about $80,000 more than projected for this point, said Kevin Rice, the city's deputy commissioner of traffic and environment services.
The cost of fuel, salt and equipment maintenance contribute to the overruns, he said.
Wednesday's storm, which could bring as much as 25 centimetres of snow to the region, likely won't help.
Fredericton is on track with its snow budget, says Mike Walker, the acting manager of the city's roads and streets division.
The works department has spent about half of its annual $1.85 million allocation to date, he said.
The Town of Sussex also appears to be in good shape, said public works officer Peter Blakeney.
"Our overtime for the year to date is about 100 hours under budget," he said.