City Puts Storms Costs At About $1.8 million
Thursday, November 1, 2012 • 11:07pm
PATERSON, NJ - New Jersey's storm of the the century cost Paterson about $1.8 million in overtime and other expenses, city officials said Thursday night.
The largest expenditure was $1.4 million for the public works department, which included hiring private contractors to help remove downed trees, officials said. Meanwhile, the fire department rang up $223,000 and the police department $210,000, officials said.
The city submitted those estimates to county and state officials in order to apply for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Paterson Business Administrator Charles Thomas.
During a brief discussion of the storm costs at Thursday night's City Council meeting, council members asked Thomas whether any management officials had received overtime from the storm. Thomas said only non-exempt and union workers would be getting overtime from their work during the natural disaster.
After 14 months, last year's management overtime payments remain a point of dispute in the city.