Stonington Adds to Winter Roads Budget

STONINGTON — It’s been a relatively easy winter season so far, but voters at a special town meeting Tuesday night were reminded that winter can be severe.

Two articles on the warrant dealt with the unexpected high cost of dealing with last winter.

One article asked voters to transfer $5,000 from surplus into the public works equipment account, and another asked them to transfer $5,000 from surplus into the public works winter roads account.

Both articles were passed unanimously.

Selectman Evelyn Duncan said after the meeting that both accounts were depleted, as crews repeatedly plowed the roads last winter.

The public works equipment line, which includes fuel costs for the plow trucks, was overspent by $3,000. The budgeted amount was $16,000, while actual expenditures from the account totaled $19,000.

Duncan said higher-than-anticipated heating costs and additional maintenance also contributed to the overrun.

The numerous snowstorms also required more work hours than anticipated, creating higher costs for wages and workers’ compensation insurance.

Those costs are covered in the public works winter roads account, which was budgeted at $177,000, but has only $1,900 left to carry the town through the end of the year.

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James Straub

Reporter at Ellsworth American
Former Ellsworth American reporter James Straub covered the towns on Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula. He lives in Brooklin.