By DAVID CARKHUFF, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Heavy snow with warming periods in between could force city staff to approach the City Council about the snow-removal budget.
"We're higher than we should be," said Laconia Public Works Director Wes Anderson, in advance of what is forecast to be another snowstorm on Sunday. If the groundhog is right, and six more weeks of winter bring snow and freezing, the city could need more money to clear roads.
"A significant storm system will bring the potential of heavy snow and wind Sunday night and Monday," the National Weather Service reported.
The National Weather Service reported over 11 inches of snow so far in the month and 6.3 inches of snow from Thursday's storm, for a snow depth nearing a foot in the Concord area.
The recent storm wasn't the sole source of city woes, but rather earlier, wetter storms, Anderson said.
"We've had a lot of freezing rain-type storms which generate a lot of time and use a lot of salt. So we are concerned about what is the weather pattern going to be for the rest of the year," Anderson said Friday.
"It really depends on what happens. If everything shuts off after this next week, we could be fine," he said.
At the end of January, about $124,000 was left in the Public Works budget for winter maintenance, Anderson said. The department started with a $355,000 budget for winter maintenance, Anderson said. That budget does not count salaries, he said.
January, February and March tend to be the snowiest months, and if "it looks like we've got the weather pattern where we've got the Pineapple Express turned on for a while," the city could need an extension of funds, Anderson said.
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