by Lisa Tome
After losing $600,000 in a lawsuit and having major street repairs to Ryan Drive on tap, the last thing that Rising Sun needed was a big snow removal bill.
But according to town administrator Calvin Bonenberger, the town is working to recover some of the $40,000 that old man winter cost when dumping snow on the area.
"The snow removal cost is significant. We've applied to FEMA. It's in excess of $40,000," said Bonenberger.
That cost includes town crew overtime, fuel, and contractors who cleared piles of snow from town streets.
Bonenberger said that FEMA sent a query to the town asking questions about the impact of the snow.
He compiled that information noting that 234 hours was spent driving dump trucks, plow trucks, and back hoes.
"That does not include police officer vehicles. But we submitted the hours officers worked," said Bonenberger.
In June 2014, the Town was sued by Howard Robson, Inc. of Landisville, Pa. and Liberty Mutual Insurance of Boston. Robson was the former contractor at the sewer treatment plant.
Liberty Mutual was retained by the town and held the surety bond for the plant. The town settled that lawsuit in December for $600,000 using borrowed money.
The town will have to pay almost $500,000 to repair Ryan Drive after said that service connection clamps in that area failed and did not measure up to their life expectancy.
"The chickens are coming home to roost. We are now having infrastructure failures due to what developers did or did not do," he said. He also said that the 30 year old service connections in Ryan Drive should not have created that kind of damage.
Bonenberger also said that no citations were issued for residents failing to remove snow from their sidewalks. He said that some violation notices were issued but no one was cited.
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