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Lack of Snow Leads to Savings in Brick

Council will have to decide what to do with left over cash next year

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 .

Mrs. G. March 23, 2012 at 09:45 AM
The problem with many budgets is that the funds set aside are not "lockboxed". In other words, once an allocation is made, the money should be set aside only for that fund. The BA wants to do just that if the money is not spent by next Jan. His idea of placing it in a trust fund is one that should be followed. (If all the state workers' pension contributions were lockboxed, the pension fund would not be in the mess it is in. Same with the roads in the state. Federal Social Security also comes to mind. We need to stop raiding the funds taxpayers are lead to believe are solvent.)
Mickey March 23, 2012 at 10:45 AM
maybe Pezarras should also give that advice to the "mayor"....I think the town council has gotten the message from the taxpayers.....not so sure about the other guy.
forthekids March 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Wait not one snow storm and we spent 500k, is there a line by line document which details these expenditures??? Sounds like some good old Bricktown fuzzy math. I know what we can do with the excess, give Juan, Dave, and Steve big bonuses for saving the taxpayers 300k.
BW March 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM
What ever you do, dont tell Bellu, he will tell the mayor he can spend it on one of the mayors pet projects. Remember Bellu is a psychic "there are no emergencies in the foreseeable future" I do agree with Scott about putting it away for a "snowy day", how ever I cant help but think the mayor has something already earmarked for the money.
Ryan Meyers March 23, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Can you say "Ice Hockey" ? He probably could buy the Ice palace for pennies on the dollar now ! Can you imagine, if we had purchased that train wreck ?
Oscar Wilde March 23, 2012 at 01:12 PM
the real question to ask is how the heck they did spend $500,000 this winter ???? and if thats true number, than just two snow storms would have put them in the red over a million dollars.......something doesnt add up , unless Pezzaras gambled and won this time......
Kathy Bottone March 23, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The article says that a sizable portion of the money spent was on brine and salt solution that can be stockpiled. They didn't use all that they bought.
iCanoe2 March 23, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Kahty - It's nice to see someone actually read the article :) That said, the snow removal trust fund is the best idea for the remaining money.
cando21 March 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I remember very clearly when the snow fund was put into the budget and it was said back then that this will be a line item in the budget each year and it will build from year to year because it will only be able to be used for snow! This was right after the big snow storm we had back in 2004 that cost the town like $ 850,000.00 back then when this line item was made it was very clear the that money was only to be used for snow! What happened to the money from the years of no big storms?
cando21 March 23, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Also WHO took the money out of this fund and used it Shame on them one more time that a smart thing was put together by one group then the next just messes it up
JHill March 23, 2012 at 02:57 PM
You are surprised? Remember this is local gov't we are talking about. They probably paid the highest price and did it the least efficient way possible. Or maybe we got 10,000 tons of rock salt sitting around somewhere since it only costs about $50/ton.
IGGY March 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
IT'S ALL MORE SMOKE AND MIRRORS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jim March 23, 2012 at 08:00 PM
How much did we save when I shoveled out my own street in Dec 2010? Wheres my rebate?
Joseph King March 23, 2012 at 09:06 PM
So we have extra funds due to the lack of snow fall, well here's an Idea. Stop laying people off and stop trying to fix something that's not broke like outside contractors to handle township work. come on! I'm quite sure the Mayor and Council members haven't even considered the hardship for families that would loose there jobs or even the tax payers who think there taxes are going to be reduced by subcontracting these services. No, the only thing that's going to happen here is more money out of our pockets for private garbage disposal and other services. While the Mayor and Council members all give themselves a slap on the back along with nice raises. I for one think they should all be voted out next election.
J.JONES March 23, 2012 at 09:49 PM
You know the Mayor pulls the string to the left and Pezarras moves..and pulls to the right and Bleu moves...
Scott Pezarras March 24, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Cando We had many snowstorms since 2004, in 2010 we actually went $1,019,000 over the approporaiated amount.
Scott Pezarras March 24, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Oscar We are talking about monies from last year's budget. We are looking to transfer into the trust the monies that are not expended from that account and tose funds would be available in the event of a large scale storm. This year is not over, so we would not move or reduce any money from this years appropriation for snow removal. We still have the latter half of November and all December to worry about. If we have another December blizzard and we have the money in this account we could utilize that cash and not have to set up an emergency appropopriation.
BW March 24, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Scott, I can honestly say I do agree with transfering it to next years snow removal account. That is how things should be done, so I am guessing it wasnt Steve or Juans idea! On another note if you can answer, can I opra the payroll records? Going over this budget, the numbers do not seem right and since it is not line by line listing of each employee, I would like the records. (data universe does not list every employee there are many who have been omitted)
Scott Pezarras March 24, 2012 at 01:06 AM
BW You can OPRA a copy of the roster for 2012, but overtime will not be reflected in that document. You have to go off historical budget expenditures for that figure. Also any grants or capital chargebacks (work that is capital in nature), or charges to escrow accounts will make these numbers appear skewed. You can call my office for further clairification. My number is 732-262-1050.
joe g March 24, 2012 at 08:53 PM
joe, ive gotten quotes for private pickup it ranges between 375 and 450 with no ceiling in the futur this mayor has such nerve to act like they are doing us a favor for a a measly 245 a year tax savings i care about the future of brick and im disgusted hoqw things are being run november cant come fast enugh for the 3 amigos.
Betty Ann May 03, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Pulling snow money from the winter to help decrease the budget? What are we going to do when we need the beaches cleaned up from the hurricanes NOAAH is predicting this summer?
Betty Ann May 03, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Well,now I see that Birdsall is being investigated once again. Isn't that where Scott McFaddon went? But, I'm sure all will be cleared up. After reading today's article, I didn't know that they've been in business since 1919, and Brick's municipal eng ineering firm for Brick for 15 years.
Betty Ann May 03, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I hope that our comments are kept to a reasonable level of facts and comments to those facts. I wouldn't want my name smeared all over this website.

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