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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Plow now, pay later

BELLINGHAM

Somehow, before the Valentine's Day storm materialized, Bellingham had run through its $100,000 annual snow and ice budget. But the town's selectmen had no qualms with approving deficit spending to keep the trucks rolling this week, voting unanimously Monday night to OK emergency spending.

Chairman Jerald Mayhew noted that on the bright side, the town public works director, Don DiMartino, sent his memo about the dwindling funds a full month later than last year, when the $100,000 budget was already spent in late December.

"We always set the budget at $100,000 and it's never enough," Mayhew said.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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