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Municipal Snow Budgets Battered By Weekend Storms

Snow removal in Springfield MA

With a snow storm for a third consecutive weekend, snow removal budgets in Massachusetts are being drained. 

Weekend snow storms bring the added expense of overtime for many DPW workers. With a third weekend storm, many municipalities report snow removal budgets have been exhausted. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said half the $1.2 million budgeted for snow removal was spent before the blizzard two weeks ago.

Cities and towns have spent a  lot of money in between the storms to remove snow from on-street parking spaces  and to cut down snow banks that blocked sight lines at traffic intersections.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.