By Paul Schmitt
As area road departments ready for the upcoming winter and snow removal, local municipalities struggle to incur the cost of living in a northern climate. The Town of Village spends between $3,500 and $4,500 on snow removal after each storm, according to Town Chair Roy Engelbert. He explains how the cost impacts future road maintenance.
As an example, Engelbert estimates that last spring’s April 15 snowstorm that dumped over 30 inches of snow in the area cost the township over $14,000 alone. The Town of Forestville is planning to borrow money this fall to make sure they can cover payments for road improvements.