Mayor Langert: Recent Snow Cleanup Cost The DPW $233,000

dpw_public_works_lakewood_tlsLakewood sure took a beating during the latest snowstorm, and so did the pockets of the DPW. Mayor Langert tells TLS the cleanup operation cost the Department, Department $233,000. Although the exact numbers of cleanup material used is not yet available, during last year’s monster storm, 400 tons of sand, 600 tons of salt and 2,500 gallons of Calcium Chloride was used. The numbers for this storm are expected to be much higher.

The Calcium Chloride is mixed into the salt/sand component.

What has not been included in the above cost, was the plow vehicles damaged during the cleanup. Several of the plow trucks were extensively damaged as a result of the heavy snow. Some of the damages included dents, broken plows and burnt transmissions.

Last year’s February storm cost the DPW $120,000. TLS.

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  1. Funny my friend hired a bull dozer for 300.00 and he did a great job by cleaning the full street …
    this number is just for the sand,salt and overtime as the salaries are paid …
    how many streets does lakewood have ? maybe they should bid this out

  2. Brick hired a private company to do some of their plowing, they were supposed to send 6 plows but only sent 1. Privatization isn’t always the answer- less control and less internal oversight and consequences if (really when) something goes wrong.

  3. A 50 lb. bag of calcium chloride can be purchased on line from ULINE for $17. We assume that larger quantities can be purchased by the township for less, but let’s use these numbers. A 50 lb. bag contains approx. 6 gallons. To buy 2500 gallons, one would need to purchase 417 bags at a price of $7089. WHere was the other $225,911 spent? Sand and salt must be REALLY expensive

  4. Can we get reimbursed for The expensive early warning storm tracking system purchased by the DPW with our Tax dollars.It seems they were not warned on this snow storm.

  5. to # 13. You cannot even melt the snow on Clfton Ave with 2500 gallons you idiot. If you do not have a clue about what you are talking about, talk to yourself.

  6. The calcium chloride they are talking about is a liquid brine solution. Rock salt cost $60-$80 per ton. You cannot buy liquid calcium at ULine. And even if you could, what would you do with it? This service costs money and you need employees to do it. KEEP CUTTING JOBS AND SERVICES WILL GO DOWN. Dont tell me to read the article if you do not know what you are talking about dim wit!!!!

  7. Langert i hope you are including the price of the truck that you mess up too.Why you dont mention that in the article? You thought it was a piece of cake my friend but you spend more time getting stuck than plowing.I give you credit cuz at least you try and now you know what dpw workers go thru.And i also hope that for passover you guys put up the numbers too so ppl can see how much money dpw waste too.Thanks Lakewood scoop for keeping the ppl informed.

  8. Do not worry about this $250k expense… why, nearly 1/10 of that can be paid from the annual rent we get from the blue claws stadium, of $25,000!

  9. didn’t they same more than that by not having busses for 5 days? also they are hoping to get some money back from the feds. so what are they complaining about? they will come out making more money than they laid out.

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