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March 17, 2014

Southmont Boro $36G over budget for winter

JOHNSTOWN — Southmont leaders hope winter weather is over.

The borough has spent about $36,000 more than its budget for snow plowing, salt and anti-skid, Councilman Kevin Pile said.

A $25,600 overrun on antiskid and salt accounted for a lion’s share of the unbudgeted expense, with another $6,000 in wages and $4,400 additional fuel costs stretching the winter maintenance budget, Pile noted at Monday’s council meeting.

The safety of motorists comes first, borough Manager Richard Wargo said.

“We’ll do everything we have to do until it’s over,” he said.

But Southmont is already preparing for the next wave of road work. Wargo was authorized Monday to hire part-time help on an as-needed basis for spring and summer maintenance work.

“We had the street sweeper out today to fire it up,” Wargo said.

Street sweeping could begin later this week, he added.

“We are getting to that time of year where we get on a regular schedule of crack sealing, patching and street sweeping,” Wargo said.

He plans to tour some streets with PennDOT officials soon in order to identify paving projects for approval at April’s council meeting.

“I’d like to see paving done by the Fourth of July,” Wargo said.

Randy Griffith covers Southmont for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at


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