Town hopes snow comes to an end

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Town of Belgium remains under budget for snow removal this year and officials just assume to keep it that way.

At Monday’s Town Board meeting, it was reported that $45,000 has been spent to handle snow and ice. The town budgeted $67,000.

“Mother Nature can turn it off,” Supr. Bill Janeshek said. “Spring (weather) would be fine.”

What the town spends on keeping its roads clear of snow and ice affects road maintenance.

“It’s extremely scientific how every town does its budget with snow removal and road repair. Whatever we don’t spend on snow we (use to) fix the roads,” Town Chairman Tom Winker said.

“If we don’t have much snow, we get to fix more roads next year.”

While the money has to last through the end of the year, Janeshek said the bills for clearing snow in December don’t come in until January and get paid with the money from the following year’s budget.

“So pray for no snow,” Supr. Tom Bichler said.

The town has adjusted its snow budget over time. After several years of not spending its budget of $50,000, the amount was decreased to $40,000. That year, the area was slammed with a large amount of snow and, with prices rising, more money was put back into the snow budget.

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