State rep. wants to create a 'snow bank lottery'

Posted: 02/22/13 at 10:30 pm EST      Last Updated: 02/22/13 at 10:44 pm EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -- With many cities and towns already blowing through their snow removal budget, some may be forced to tap their reserves. But one official says “scratch that;” he's got a better plan.

The blizzard that left 2.5 feet of snow plowed away at Worcester’s budget. So this storm will put them in the red.

“We’ve had guys that have been working for the last three weeks straight with no time off from that blizzard, from that week with the blizzard all the way through. And here’s another weekend coming up,” said Bob Moylan, Worcester Public Works commissioner.

But State Representative John Binienda says turning one a scratch ticket into a snow bank lottery can help.

A $2 ticket could generate $40-$50 million a year for cities and towns to use once they run out of their snow funds.

“This money here would be money that would be used for one purpose; help our streets to stay clean. It’s a public safety issue,” said Rep. Binienda.

It's why MassDOT crews spent the day Friday readying their equipment so they can clear the highways.

“Our staff’s well-rested, we’re ready to staff the storm and work it,” said Frank DePaola, MassDOT Highway Administrator.

But with large snow banks still reminding us of the blizzard, most in Worcester are just ready for spring.

Worcester has about 400 pieces of equipment ready to tackle the snow-covered roads.

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