BREWER – Travelers weren’t the only ones breathing a sigh of relief that Sunday’s storm wasn’t as bad as it was predicted to be.
The moderate weather also meant municipalities could save some money.
Utility crews and public works’ employees say they were prepared for the worst over the weekend, with the ice storm that was expected to hit Sunday.
But the temperatures stayed above freezing longer, which meant towns and cities didn’t have to use as much salt on the roads or pay to have more employees working around the clock.
“I never say I save money, what I say is it didn’t cost us a big amount of money,” said David Cote, the public works director for the city of Brewer. “I did end up having a few guys come in, just right at the end there, when we got a little bit of sleet and it made the roads a little slick. But yeah, it certainly didn’t cost us the big dollars we were expecting it to.”
Cote says they spend about $50 a ton on salt and in a typical ice storm, they can use up to 150 tons depending on the duration of the storm, which can add up quickly.