Blizzard tab will top $1.2m, city says

City officials are expecting last weekend's historic snowstorm will cost between $1.2 million and $1.5 million to clean up, said Maureen Lemieux, Newton’s chief financial officer. The city had to pay employees and contractors to clear the snow, cut down the mounds piled along roads and haul the snow away. While the price for the cleanup was more than twice as much as for typical storms, the city is within its budget, Lemieux said. The city earmarked about $5.5 million this fiscal year for snow and winter weather cleanup, and had plowed through about $1 million before last weekend. On average, Newton spends about $3.8 million annually on snow removal, Lemieux said.