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Last Week’s Snow Storm Cost Milford $55K

Most of storm-related expenses go to OT and outside help.

A partially-frozen Milford Duck Pond with the First United Church of Christ in the background on Monday, Jan. 6. Credit: Jason Bagley
A partially-frozen Milford Duck Pond with the First United Church of Christ in the background on Monday, Jan. 6. Credit: Jason Bagley
More than 600 hours of overtime helped run up the cost of last week’s snow storm – the first true winter event of the season in Milford – to about $55,000, according to Mayor Ben Blake.

“This was a pretty significant one; it was a near-blizzard,” Blake said of a blustery, frigid storm that felled about eight inches of snow locally.

“Our public works did a fantastic job responding to the storm,” he said. “They worked around the clock. We threw everything at this storm.”

Blake said the storm cost the city some $22,000 for 640 hours of overtime pay for public works employees; about $25,000 for 140 hours of work from private contractors; and about $7,500 for the cost of salt and sand.

Responsible for those expenses is the operating budget of the public works highway and parks division. This winter’s budget allocates $100,000 for overtime; $60,000 for snow removal; $45,000 for sand; and $30,000 for “ice control expense.”

The mayor said there’s also a “special storm reserve account” that the city can tap into if funds from the operating budget become depleted. Currently, that account holds more than $200,000, he said.

The bulk of the reserve account consists of reimbursement funds from FEMA for municipal costs incurred during and after the big blizzard last February that dropped upwards of three feet of snow in the area.

Blake said the local cost for that historic storm approached half a million dollars. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, reimbursed 75 percent of eligible costs for 72 hours of cleaning, he said.
Corinne Miller January 07, 2014 at 01:39 PM
John, I agree with all your points! Milford Public Works extremely sub-par. Local roads are always terrible for days after any snow event. And Mike, you are right. Whoever answers the phone at Public Works is completely indifferent. I'm guessing it's a union worker who gets paid just for showing up, not for solving problems or addressing concerns.
RoOsTeR January 07, 2014 at 01:50 PM
Don't be fooled by Milford DPW, bunch of unprofessional lame brains who could care less about anything, been dealing with them for years from Bruce down to the receptionists and have only had negative experiences and disrespect. Absolute joke no confidence and nothing positive to say concerning these bunch of slack jaws.
Corinne Miller January 07, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Are they the ones who throw my trash pails and recycling bin smack into the middle of my driveway after emptying every week? And the plowers...must they hit my mailbox and knock it down every other time? It costs money to fix it, you know. DPW says unless I show them video footage of their workers doing the damage, they will not help.
Kokopop January 09, 2014 at 08:30 AM
and this is just the winter....watch in the summer when 4 men stand on the Milford Green and only one works while 3 stand and watch...we are way over paying some of these clowns for nothing.
MJ January 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM
@koko… not really fair to blame the workers (nor call them names)… look at the root of the problem - who is the supervisor that assigned 4 workers to a 1 or 2 man job? Who is the DIRECTOR of the department? Who is the Mayor? The answer is simple: Poor Mangement from the MAYOR on down...

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