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Superstorm Cost the City ‘Tens of Thousands of Dollars’

City officials are still adding up the damage; but most of the costs came from additional staffing.

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, much of the wreckage has been cleaned up in Lakewood.

However, city officials haven’t really begun to officially tally the damage to the city’s coffers.

Mayor Michael Summers estimates that the storm will cost the city somewhere between $20,000 and $40,000.

He said most of the costs were in the form of additional manpower.

There was overtime from the police and public works departments; extra crews staffed in the fire department; and “wear and tear” on the city's equipment.

Police had to guard intersections where downed power trees and power lines posed a threat — like the intersection of Lake Road and Cove Avenue. Officers had to staff that post 24 hours a day while crews repaired the lines.

“And we still had to provide our normal patrol,” said Summers.

Summers said the city has $4.6 million in an emergency fund.

* “We have financial reserves to last us for 60 days to deal with these kinds of things,” he said. “This is what we use those funds for.” 

Summers said the city will look to recoup some of the losses with both the state and federal governments.

But, he said he’s not holding his breath.

“While he was in town (last week), Gov. Kasich made no offer to help us,” Summers said.

“We’ll review our procedures our methods our opportunities,” he added. “I don’t know yet what we would have done differently. This was our citizens’ hour of greatest need and our city workers understand that and responded accordingly.”

* From Mayor Michael Summers: I would like to correct a small but important fact of this article. Our city has 50 days of average daily expenditures in reserve. Our goal is 60 days. 

Nickie J. Antonio November 05, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Thanks to the Mayor, police, fire, public works, human services and all city workers who have worked so hard for our City during the aftermath of this storm!
Lynda Tuennerman November 05, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I find it most interesting that we got no offer of assistance from our Republican Governor John Kasich when his presidential candidate, Mitt Romney advocates assistance from the State government as opposed to FEMA. I think that both Gov. Kasich and Mr. Romney need to explain this to the citizens of Lakewood.
Colin McEwen November 05, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Agreed.
Colin McEwen November 05, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Great question. Governor, care to respond?
Rev. Paula Maeder Connor November 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
First and foremost, thank you to all those who staffed our city in the time of need. To police and fire and service workers and human service workers and American Red Cross and all others: you are the heroes! Hurricane Sandy we will remember you but more, we will remember those who served others in your wake!
ian king November 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Hi - don't hold your breath waiting for Gov. Kasich to respond to any kind of financial assistance for Lakewood - especially one that votes consistently Democratic as Lakewood. Romney/Ryan and Kasich are just part of the song and dance routine/bait and switch politicians that now dominate the Republican Party leadership. Promise anything to be elected, and then no follow-up or enforcement of their own so-called policy/beliefs. How one longs for the days of such great Republican leaders as Nelson Rockefeller, Tom Dewey, Dwight Eisenhower, Charles Percy, Henry Cabot Lodge, Susan Collins, Earl Warren, Lincoln Chafee, etc. Today we have Republican "leaders" with obvious brain deficits such as Rick Santorum, Jesse Helms, Dick Cheney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and of course Todd Akin, among many other 19th century thinkers who self identify as Republicans. Who would have thought in 2012, we would as a country still be trying to eliminate birth control, deny adequate health care, dismantle employee collective bargaining, block/repeal minimum living wage, control what one does in their own bedroom, repeal environmental standards, eliminate business regulations, and on and on. Truly a science fiction world we sometimes live in! BE SURE TO VOTE EVERYONE - YOUR VOTE REALLY DOES COUNT!
Michael P. Summers November 06, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I would like to correct a small but important fact of this article. Our city has 50 days of average daily expenditures in reserve. Our goal is 60 days.

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