NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – A crew with front-end loaders worked overnight Monday removing snow piled high on Church Street, Department of Public Works Director James Shuris told the Board of Selectmen.
Selectmen received several complaints about the condition of Church Street, the town's business district, following last weekend's storm that dumped up to 30 inches of snow on New England.
Shuris said six DPW employees and three waste water treatment employees worked the town's 81 miles of road during the storm, helped by nine sub-contractors. The snow fell so quickly that plows could not keep up, he said.
And so much snow fell that, in areas like Church Street, there wasn’t anywhere to push the snow.
“The front-end loaders will lift the snow (into trucks) and take it away,’’ Shuris said.
To date, the town has spent more than $200,000 on snow removal, $125,000 more than the $75,000 budgeted, officials said. The DPW has responded to 16 snow/ice events and 62 inches of snow, Shuris said.
It costs $300 per day for town staff compared to $1,000 per day for sub-contractors, Shuris said. But it would take many more days for the small DPW staff to clean up from the storm, he said, so he’s hired outside help.
“We can’t wait for us to do the entire job," he said. “We’re not looking for a lot of people; we’re looking for patience.’’
Selectman Jay Athanas reminded residents they are required to shovel sidewalks in front of their homes and around fire hydrants, and he also suggested residents shovel drains.
A copy of the DPW’s snow and ice brochure is attached.