Friday, April 11, 2003
The winter that won't end
How many seasons do we have in New England? It has been 24 weeks since snow fell on the pumpkin (photo from the October 25 issue). That was half a year ago. What was he smiling about? Few in Carlisle smiled as they looked out at the slushy mix that fell this week. Today is February 70, 2003. It does not feel like April.
Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie did not smile when she told the Finance Team on Tuesday that the town will probably overspend its snow and ice removal budget by $70,000 · and that's assuming winter ends this weekend. The town will be reimbursed by the the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for snow-removal expenses incurred during the 48-hour period of the major storm on February 17-18 that buried the region under 18 inches to two feet of snow. However, we will have to shoulder the remainder of the deficit . Fortunately, the town's reserve fund still has a balance of $86,000, but some of the funds will be needed to cover excess legal and other town expenses for the current fiscal year ending June 30.
Meanwhile, the snow falls as we go to press. February 70 and counting.
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