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Malden snow removal bill $600,000 so far

Posted by Matt Byrne  January 19, 2011 06:30 AM

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The City of Malden has spent about $600,000 combating winter storms so far this year, Mayor Richard C. Howard said yesterday.

Officials were forced to shell out about $300,000 during last week's blizzard alone, when upwards of 19 inches of sticky snow blanketed the region, Howard said.

The recent tally, taken about two months before the end of the snow season, is roughy three times the $200,000 the city planned to spend on emergency personnel and equipment required to salt, sand, and dig out a city of nearly 56,000.
"By the end of the year we'll either find additional resources, or we'll allow a deficit," Howard said. "It's one of very very few accounts that we can allow a deficit to accrue."

Last year, the city's snow budget ran a deficit of upwards of $600,000, he said.


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