BERLIN - Although it hasnâ€™t happened yet, the possibility of snow has been showing up in area weather forecasts recently, and even though itâ€™s still November, the town is prepared for winter weather.
â€śOverall, we are ready,â€ť Berlin Public Works Director Mike Ahern said.
Crews are on call and prepared to head out after normal work hours to remove snow.
The town budget contains $147,000 to cover overtime expenses, according to Town Finance Director Kevin Delaney. If all snow removal can be completed during normal work hours, then this money will not be needed. The number is on par with last year, Delaney said.
Another $170,000 is budgeted for snow and ice removal materials, Delaney said, up $10,000 from last year.
There is plenty of road salt this year. About 1,500 tons of it is in the town salt shed, ready to be used, Ahern said.
The Highway Departmentâ€™s 16 plow trucks are also ready to roll, he said.
About $40,000 is budgeted to be outsourced to three potential private plow contractors available to support as needed, Delaney said.
Street parking bans will be instituted as necessary, with a potential fine being instituted for vehicles that fail to comply.
â€śThe fine may be on the order of $75, with towing charges if the vehicle has to be towed,â€ť Ahern said.
No snow appears on Berlinâ€™s upcoming 10-day forecast at weather.com.
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