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January 27, 2014

Snow budget is almost depleted

As of last week, the pubic works department has spent nearly all of the budgeted $99,000 set aside this year for snowstorms.

“We’ve spent $97,452.29 so far,” said DPW director Don Levesque. “Last year, we spent most of our money in February. But the people of Salisbury should know that the streets will be plowed, no matter what.”

The snow budget is the only budget communities can legally overspend according to state law, Levesque said. Cities and towns are allowed to overspend to contend with snow to protect public safety. But municipalities are required to make up any deficit in snow accounts in the following year’s budget, he said.

Most of the money spent has gone to the purchase of materials to combat the effect storms have on local roads, Levesque said, although a bit has gone to overtime and to independent contractors hired to augment local crews during storms.

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The next meeting of the Friends of the Salisbury Library Book Discussion Club will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the library.

This month’s book is “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. Copies are available at the front desk.

The Friends welcome new members to join the group, which meets each month.

Also planned by the Friends of the Library is a fundraiser at Amesbury Flatbread Co. from 5 to 9 p.m. A portion of any Flatbread purchase that night (eat-in or take-out) will go to the Salisbury Library Building Fund for the new library.

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Salisbury Chamber of Commerce will hold a February Breakfast Meeting at Nancy’s Marshview Cafe on Bridge Road on Monday, Feb. 24, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The cost is $15 per person.

Those hoping to attend should contact the chamber office to make a reservation at 978-465-3581.

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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Salisbury for The Daily News. She can be reached at achiaramida@newburyportnews.com or at 978-961-3147.

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