As you all can see it looks like we are in for a good old fashion
My recommendations for Salt, Sand and Fuel needs for 2009, presented during budget deliberations, reflected an eight year purchasing average. This recommendation for average resources needed for an average season was ultimately cut by over $93,000.00. I also reported that, in the spirit of salt conservation, additional needs for fuel and labor would be required to increase plow trips and fight hard pack conditions. The boards answer to this issue was to cut even more fuel and labor dollars at the last minute of the final budget hearing.
This type of budgeting produces only two possible outcomes for your highway department. Insufficient funding for anything less than a normal season is dangerous and forces your highway department ( in the event of a normal or harsh winter ) to either battle the storms knowing there will be budget overruns or ration resources and plow snow only until the rations for that day or week are consumed and then park the trucks. Either way, improper funding inflicts a non- controllable situation and unsuccessful results on your Highway Department.
I urge the board to revisit this issue, recognize the type of season that we are obviously faced with and properly fund the resources needed to provide for safe travel in the town of
Claude F Phelps
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