Wednesday, February 13, 2013
After receiving over two-feet of snow, firefighters tell us how much snow you should remove from your area fire hydrant.
Welcome to You Ask... Patch Answers where we answer readers questions. We recently received questions about clearing neighborhood fire hydrants to help fire departments. But how much of the hydrant should we clear? How many feet around the hydrant will help the firefighters? Here is your answer: According to Stoneham Fire Chief Joe Rolli, fire departments need about two feet of snow cleared away from the hydrant. "The front of the hydrant is most important because that is where the hose gets hooked up," said Chief Rolli. Also, the nut on top of the hydrant must be clear, as firefighters need to use it to turn it on. There you go, Stoneham. Now you know, and you can go clear your hydrants for the Stoneham Fire Department!
Friday, April 27, 2012
At Town Meeting May 7, the town is looking to transfer the savings from the DPW snow maintenance account to other departments to cover other shortfalls and balance the budget, according to DPW Director Robert Grover.
After last year's harsh winter and overspending the snow maintenance budget by more than $400,000, this year's sparse winter allowed the town to save $16,000, according to DPW Director Robert Grover. At Town Meeting May 7, the town is looking to transfer the savings from the DPW snow maintenance account to other departments to cover other shortfalls and balance the budget, according to Grover. "We budgeted $190,000 this year for snow removal, which is the same we've budgeted for the last 10 years," Grover said. "(The town) historically underfunds that budget knowing full well if it is exceeded the (Massachusetts) Department of Revenue allows you to automatically exceed that budget as long as you've appropriated what you did the year before…
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Stoneham Board of Selectmen discuss several budgetary items before Election Day on April 5.
The Stoneham Board of Selectmen discussed several items relating to the warrant articles being brought before the voters in what was their last meeting before Election Day on April 5. Board Tackles Budget Agreement Issues In particular, the town budget took precedence on several fronts, first with reaction to the School Committee’s request for an amendment of the proposed Budget Agreement between the two boards and the Finance and Advisory Board. While the School Committee narrowly approved (3-2) to sign onto the budget agreement, their motion also made their participation in the non-binding pact based upon taking another look at the principles of the agreement in two years. The Selectmen voted 4-1 to approve the amendment of the Budget …