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October 31, 2013

Little change in Public Works budget

Public works budget should be stable

LONDONDERRY — The Public Works department won’t see big changes in next year’s budget numbers.

That, according to director Janusz Czyzowski, will keep his department’s spending in check, but won’t deter efforts to do the best job for the town.

“It’s pretty much identical to last year, except for our contractual services,” he said.

Czyzowski recently appeared before the town’s Budget Committee to give an early look at the fiscal year 2015 budget. Although numbers are still be finalized, the bottom line won’t change much.

Londonderry’s Public Works division also oversees highway, engineering and environmental services.

Those areas for next year remain similar to last year’s spending plan as well.

Maintaining the town’s 180 miles of roads can prove challenging, Czyzowksi said, and often how much money is spent depends on the weather.

The town has a Road Maintenance Fund that supports major road projects and infrastructure repairs. Last year, voters approved $500,000 to support the fund. Another shot at putting money in the fund may come before voters next March.

“We’re trying to get to a million,” Czyowski said. “We’re not there yet, but we’re climbing to it.”

How much the town spends on salt is another area relying heavily on the weather report.

“Costs can change every day, depending on the weather, Czyowski said. “It’s one of the biggest items I think.”

The town saved some money on its salt use and had leftovers last year, but went over budget with fuel last year.

“It varies, it depends on how much we have to drive,” he said.

Czyowski said one of his main concerns is the status of the Public Works garage and its condition. He said there is a desperate need for improvements and upgrades.

That project has been on the radar for a long time, he said.

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