Wallingford DPW asks town for $81K after depleting salt budget

Wallingford's Dept. of Public Works asked the town for an additional $81,000 after depleting their salt budget long before winter ends.

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH). — Storm after storm combined with sub-zero temperatures for days on end and bone chilling wind chills have crippled our region long before winter’s last gasp.

In Wallingford, the brutal weather has left the town depleted of its $360,000 salt budget – necessary for public safety.

Chairman of the Town Council, Vinny Cervoni said this forced the Department of Public Works to come to the town asking for $81,000 for an additional 1,000 tons of salt.

Cervoni said with this winter worse than average, all they could do was provide the funds.

“It should give them more than enough to get them through winter, we hope, ” Cervoni said.

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Cervoni said this will in no way hurt the town budget, which he called in fine shape.

“This town operates on $160 million, so having to move $80,000 from contingency to the salt barn isn’t going to have a lasting impact.”

Cervoni said the Town of Wallingford takes public safety extremely seriously and this wasn’t even a question of funding the extra salt.

“We have the cash and it’s readily available,” Cervoni told News 8.  “We’re talking about $81,000 for salt as opposed to you standing on the side of the road doing a story because someone went off the road because of black ice.”

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Cervoni said the town will continue treating roads appropriately, making them as safe as possible all winter long.

We did check in with surrounding towns. They did not report an issue to this extent, but most said they are keeping a very close eye on their budgets.

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