Preparing for the SNOW


This is a silo. It’s typically filled with sand and salt that DOT and public works crews put on the roads to avoid accidents during snowy or icy conditions. This winter…has been much different.

[Mike Siciliano, Assistant Director, Department of Public Works Hamden :12-:17] It’s been easy…it’s been mild. yeah very mild.

A lack of snow does mean a lack of overtime for the Hamden Public Works Department, but it doesn’t mean a lack of things to do!

They were doing catch basin repairs, you still get sink holes at basins because the ground’s not frozen. And you still have to repair them, pull the tops, sometimes the walls. Tree crews still out, patch pot holes, there have been a lot of pot holes because it is mild.

And it sure has been mild. Flowers are popping up and crews are out preparing for Spring. The good news is that many towns are under budget for snow removal, so where does that money go?

It goes back and it supplements everything. It’s not just public works, it’s wherever it’s needed around town.

This is great news for taxpayers, but it might not last. Even though the calendar will show spring on Sunday, the silos might be opened back up again as winter returns. So are they ready for it?

Tomorrow afternoon we’ll put the plows on, get the trucks loaded and be ready to go for the call. There is light at the end of the tunnel though.

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