This has been a very busy winter for the Winthrop Department of Public Works.
Tuesdayâ€™s snowstorm, which dropped a few inches on the town, was the tenth time that DPW Director Steve Calla and his crew went into snowplowing and street salting operations mode in the past three months.
â€œWe started salting the roads around noontime,â€ said Calla. â€œWe were out for about twelve hours in different shifts and wrapped it up around midnight.â€
Calla said the snow fighting equipment, the majority of which is 15 years or older, has withstood the challenge of the tough conditions.
â€œWe continue to repair the equipment and do our best to keep them in good running shape â€“ the mechanics have done a good job to keep them road worthy,â€ said Calla.
Calla said the DPW has exhausted the $80,000 in the townâ€™s â€œsnowâ€ budget.Â â€œThat budget is for supplies and equipment associated with snow and other weather-related events,â€ said Calla, adding that the departmentâ€™s overall budget is on track.
The Town Council praised Calla and his department for their efforts at Tuesdayâ€™s Council meeting.
â€œThe guys have been great,â€ said Calla. â€œLike Iâ€™ve said before on many occasions, we have a dedicated crew and Iâ€™m very proud of them. Theyâ€™re always willing to come in and get the job done and they always do.â€
Calla is hoping for warmer temperatures and snow-free days as spring beckons.
â€œWeâ€™re looking forward to a little bit of a warming trend,â€ said Calla, who keeps a watchful eye on long-range weather forecasts. â€œI hope there is no more snow this year.â€