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Rockland enters spring with money left in winter budgets

By Stephen Betts | Mar 23, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Rockland public services garage

Rockland — Despite less than average snow, the snow removal budget for Rockland will be nearly exhausted.

City Manager Tom Luttrell noted earlier this month that there were numerous small snow events that required crews to go out and keep the roads clear.

The overtime budget for public services is tracking at 96.5% for its $45,000 budget for 2019-2020. According to information from Public Services Director Kathy Bourque Parker, that number reflects staffing shortages during the winter .

"Overtime staffing was up to respond to the number of winter events especially in January through late February. If there are any spring snow events, Rockland is prepared with the ability to transfer some funding from our full time payroll as we work to fill vacant positions," the director stated.

The current weather forecast calls for some snow, mixed precipitation, and ran Monday night March 23 into early Tuesday before temperatures warm.

The snow equipment maintenance budget of $24,000 is at 107.3% due to some aging equipment that requires more maintenance to keep the snow equipment operating. There is a surplus in the $99,824 equipment rental account that will allow the city to balance the snow equipment maintenance account, the director stated.

The equipment rental budget will also be used to support spring and early summer projects.

Sand ($20,000) and salt ($85,000) budgets are at 100% and 94.1% respectively.  The director said there was enough remaining sand and salt to handle any remaining spring storms.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Eric Thurston | Mar 24, 2020 18:19

Steve, I agree with Paul. Yes, technically there is money left, but about $1600 is not very much money left of $45000. The byline indicated to me that there is a significant amount of money left. There isn't.

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Mar 23, 2020 14:21

Paul, the full-time payroll account has sufficient money to cover the additional costs, unless there are several more storms. The article states that and is reflected in the headline.

Posted by: Paul Chartrand | Mar 23, 2020 13:18

This headline is very misleading, as the story goes on to show how all the winter budgets will be used up, beginning with the first sentence: ".... the snow removal budget will be nearly exhausted." Yes, technically there is a VERY small amt. left in winter budgets, AND it will not be enough to cover all the winter costs by the time winter in Maine ends. Your headline leads one to believe the exact opposite! Please change to a more accurate one.


Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Mar 23, 2020 08:21

Speaking of city budgets - does the city plan to raise property taxes and give city workers raises during this financial crisis when our city's service industry workers have nothing?

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