Snow Removal Already Cost DPW About $240K, But Still Much Less Than Surrounding Towns

dpw_snow_tlsThe snow this season has been pounding Lakewood and snow removal costs have skyrocketed, nearly doubling snow removal costs from a standard winter. At the beginning of January, then Mayor Steven Langert told TLS that the cleanup from the massive December storm cost the Public Works about $233,000.

To date, the snow cleanup stands at about $240,000.

However, it’s still considerably less than what surrounding towns have paid this season.

The substantially lower cost is attributed to the the fact that snow removal in Lakewood is done by the Township and has not been outsourced like many surrounding towns, DPW Superintendent Tony Arrechi tells TLS.

“It may take a little longer to get done, but residents would rather not pay more”, Arrechi says.

Jackson – who outsources their snow removal – paid close to $800,000 this year so far Arrechi says, and Neptune paid about $600,000.

Jackson Township, says Arrechi, pays about $250 an hour for snow removal, while it cost Lakewood’s DPW about $40 an hour to operate a truck and driver, both which are in-house. 

During the rest of the year, those trucks are used for multiple other uses such as for soil, leaf collections and other seasonal jobs. TLS.

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  1. “I am told by a friend in public works that the township has no road salt left only using that red sand for traction to make it look like they are doing something.
    ice storm is here in a few hours and nothing is being done but sand

  2. The REAL reason why Lakewood’s snow expenses are lower than Jackson’s is because Lakewood is less than a third the size of Jackson.

    I wonder why Mr. Arrechi conveniently “forgot” to mention that..

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