Towns saving budget money due to no December snow

Amherst has $280,000 set aside for snow removal this season

AMHERST Mass. (WWLP) – No snow means more money for cities and towns.

It seems like every year, municipal snow budgets are stretched thin. But nearly three full weeks into December and so far that is not the case.

Amherst has $280,000 set aside for snow removal this season. Money they haven’t had to spend yet. So they’ve spent this time gearing up and fine tuning their operation; repairing plow trucks, buying materials, and signing contracts for salt, sand and liquid deicers.

Guilford Mooring told 22News, “We haven’t spent very much. We’ve bought some materials, we’ve filled out sheds. We haven’t even been out yet. That’s different than last year. Last year we had the Thanksgiving storms and then not much until January. We’re sitting here. We are probably a little better off this year than last year, but we will see how it goes.”

Amherst DPW snow removal tools include 24 plow trucks, 6 sanders and an igloo filled with calcium chloride, better known as road salt.

That salt is also coated with a liquid mash that’s left over after distilling alcohol. It’s a solution that can help prevent water from freezing.

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