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Schools to request $41K for snow removal



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The Burgess School Committee recently approved Superintendent Daniel Durgin’s request to file a warrant article at the Annual Town Meeting requesting the town to use $40,925 to cover costs of removing snow from the elementary school roof. (click for larger version)
March 16, 2011
STURBRIDGE — The last reminders of a brutal winter are quickly melting away, but the town's wallet will probably be feeling chilly long after all the snow disappears.

On Thursday, March 3, Tantasqua Regional School District Superintendent Daniel Durgin announced his proposal to the Burgess School Committee regarding a warrant article that will be filed in preparation of the Annual Town Meeting. The article, which was approved by the committee, involves requesting the town to use $40,925 from available funds to cover the costs of snow and ice removal from the Burgess Elementary School roof.

"Brookfield Elementary School had to shut down for one day so crews could clear ice and snow from the roof," Durgin said. "We didn't want that to happen at Burgess, and it required a lot of people to clear all of the snow off the roof."

Subsequent work was required after the snow had been shoveled to the ground, as crews needed to ensure that it did not block doorways or cause any safety concerns on sidewalks. In addition, the building inspector asked for additional clearing of the roof after the original effort, which caused more funds to be used.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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