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Village, town snow budgets in good standing

Mild winter weather costs less for municipalities

Cazenovia High School Technology teacher Jason Hyatt, shovels his way through a mountain of snow during a Winterfest snow-sculpture competition last year. This year, Cazenovia is about 38 inches behind 2010’s snowfall numbers.

Cazenovia High School Technology teacher Jason Hyatt, shovels his way through a mountain of snow during a Winterfest snow-sculpture competition last year. This year, Cazenovia is about 38 inches behind 2010’s snowfall numbers. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— As for his outlook on the remaining funds and the rest of the unpredictable Central New York winter, Carr is confident the budget will endure, but wisely added, “I can’t be exact; it all depends on the weather.”

Being that the town’s budget parallels the calendar year, Hunt said last year’s snow budget was strained, and he was pleased to see little snowfall at the end of 2011. “We thought we might have to use contingency funds to get through the remainder of the budget year,” he said.

The town highway department uses four trucks to plow 82 centerline miles of road.

While Hunt acknowledges Jan. 13 was the first significant snowfall of the season, previous icy conditions required the department to salt and sand numerous town roadways.

Hunt is curious as to what the remaining winter months hold, but is fairly confident this season’s decreased snowfall has already eased budget concerns. “It is always too early to predict what the winter has in store for us,” he said. “It is Central New York and we could always see a strong finish to the winter. Historically the winters have a way of balancing themselves out.”

More information on DPW can be found at villageofcazenovia.com or 655-4454.

To learn more about the highway department, visit townofcazenovia.org or call 655-4852.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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