East Hartford Snow Budget Depleted, Mayor Declares Spending Freeze

By Ilana Gold and Ari Mason
|  Monday, Feb 17, 2014  |  Updated 7:52 PM EDT
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The mayor says winter storms have cost the city a half million dollars in overtime, and she just implemented a spending freeze on non-emergencies to make sure the town can keep plowing and salting roads if more storms hit.

The mayor says winter storms have cost the city a half million dollars in overtime, and she just implemented a spending freeze on non-emergencies to make sure the town can keep plowing and salting roads if more storms hit.

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More snow is on the way, and the mayor of East Hartford has issued a spending freeze for non-emergencies while the town works to compensate for an already depleted storm budget.

Mayor Marcia Leclerc said buying salt and plowing the roads has drained East Hartford’s budget. Each storms costs the city roughly $50,000.

“We believe we will have a deficit in overtime $1.5 million related to storms,” Leclerc said. “There will be nothing purchased without my fingerprints on it... We are going to make sure taxpayers don't incur extra costs.”

Leclerc also asked a neighboring town for help: a new shipment of salt was expected to arrive from Windsor on Monday.

“We think we will be able to acquire what we need for the rest of the season,” said Leclerc.

She said residents can rest assured that roads will be properly treated when more storms arrive, including the one expected tomorrow.

“We will never compromise public safety,” Leclerc said.

She's now reviewing town finances in an effort to save money.

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