A winter season that only dropped 2.7 inches of snow on the township has left Brick's coffers stuffed with an extra $300,000.
Barring a spring snow storm, the township will carry the balance to next fall. Then, next January – if the money has not been used in the event of a fall storm – the township council will have to decide what to do with any unused cash.
"We could take the money that we allocated toward snow removal and put that in the snow removal trust fund," said Business Administrator Scott Pezarras. "That would be my suggestion."
The township is now maintaining a special fund to be used in snow emergencies.
Pezarras said despite the lack of snowfall this winter, crews did dispense brine, salt and sand on township roads on a number of occasions. In all, the township spent $500,000 this winter, though a sizable portion of that amount was for stockpiles of brine and salt solution that can be saved until next winter.
"We stockpiled some salt so won't have to buy it again," Pezarras said.
If there's one bit of advice Pezarras could give to the township council, it would be to warn against spending the remainder of the money before the end of the year.
"Remember that one storm December 26?" he asked, referring to the .