Sykesville shifts accounts to pay for snow removal Town has spent $26,000

$9,500 was budgeted

January 26, 1996|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

The budget-buster snow has Sykesville officials amending figures, shuffling funds and trimming expenses.

An infusion of federal money, promised for snow removal on emergency routes, would help ease the crunch.

"We amended our budget, assuming we would not be getting federal dollars," said Matthew H. Candland, town manager. "But, it would help us replenish those accounts we cut."

Sykesville has spent about $26,000, far beyond the budgeted $4,500 for overtime and $5,000 for road materials such as salt.

"We met our snow expenses by shuffling funds and cutting a few areas," Mr. Candland said.

The materials budget, amended to $10,000, was approved Monday by the Town Council. Blizzard overtime, estimated at $6,000, will come from several accounts.

But a 1-ton truck, used to plow the snow, was damaged when it hit a manhole cover and has cost more than $1,000 to repair. Some money came from a $7,500 contingency fund, which the town exhausts before making any dramatic cuts, Mr. Candland said. And an unexpected bit of fiscal fortune is helping the town.

The town earned $10,837 for its role in facilitating a bond sale for Sykesville Eldercare Center in September. And, zoning fees are $16,000, twice the amount expected.

"A lot of builders have rushed in their permits in anticipation of what the county might be doing to cut growth," Mr. Candland said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency made all eight Carroll towns eligible for reimbursement of up to 75 percent of costs incurred in plowing a lane in each direction on snow emergency routes. Sykesville met its application deadline last week and is hoping for reimbursement.

Mayor Jonathan S. Herman praised maintenance crews and the Police Department for their efforts during the snow emergency. He issued a proclamation Monday, commending employees.

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