It’s not snowing yet; but trucks already started removing snow Tuesday downtown Stamford before the next snowstorm hits.
“This snowstorm that’s coming this Thursday is going to put another six to eight inches out there of wet, heavy snow and we have no place to put it,” says Mayor David Martin.
Officials say the snow from last week’s storm will be moved to different locations around the city.
“We’ve run out of space for the snow,” the Mayor says. “We’ve got to clear it away; and so I think the residents should know that come Thursday we’re probably going to call emergency snow, so they got to get their parked cars out of the emergency snow routes.”
According to the City’s Highways Department, over 16 snow events have left 50 inches of snow behind this season. And while there isn’t a shortage of snow, city officials say the recent slew of storms has caused a shortage of funds. The Mayor says the city already plans to spend at least $300,000 over the budget for salt.
“The budget was about 550, 540,” he says. “The Board of Finance and Board of Representatives approved an extra 300-plus thousand dollars in fact just last evening, and that is already on order.”
So far, officials say more than 10,000 tons of salt has been used on the roads this season.
“We are concerned about salt supplies,” the Mayor says. “We’re not panicked, we have enough, we have enough on order but we are concerned about it and the point is that we’ve used up that money and we’re thinking about another request depending upon how these storms play out over the rest of the season.”
But salt isn’t the only thing eating into the budget. Officials say overtime hours for cleanup crews will also be an expense.
“They’re working 16 to 20 hours during an event. It isn’t just the salt, it’s the overtime, and then we’re going to have expenses for pothole repair,” the Mayor says. “So it just keeps piling on, as snow often does.”
The storm is expected to begin late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. To stay updated, visit the city’s website at www.stamfordct.gov