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South County digs out, braces for another storm

February 2, 2011

Photo By Brett Warnke

Columbia Street was closed Monday morning as South Kingstown public services tended to leftover snow and ice that has accumulated during January’s onslaught of winter weather.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN/NARRAGANSETT – Last Wednesday brought another overnight storm, giving Rhode Island almost a foot of snow into Thursday afternoon. Despite the onslaught of snow, the South Kingstown and Narragansett public services are managing the road conditions.

“It was relatively uneventful. It was just a long storm,” Jon Schock, director of public services for South Kingstown said.

Schock said the town is putting public safety above the budget, making sure the roads are plowed and salted. So far this winter, public services has used 60 percent of its budget. For Narragansett, David Ousterhout, director of the public works said his department has expedited all of the funds for sanding and salting, but that they can use a storage bond for the rest of the winter. Ousterhout said there is no separate budget for snow removal.

“If we over expend our budget, we'll find other resources,” Ousterhout said.

Ousterhout said that once the inventory of sand and salt in the storage barn has been restocked, the town would have exhausted over $65,000 of the budget for those materials. However, there was a large inventory of salt and sand left over from the previous winter, so the town is actually spending less than it otherwise would on these materials. The road salt the town uses costs $72.75 per ton delivered.

For more information pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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