Warm Winter Savings

This year’s lack of a white winter saved the City of Naperville some green.
For the past three years, more than 50 inches of snow each winter had the Public Works Department asking for more money, but this year having only 22 means they didn’t have to buy extra salt, or pay workers overtime for removal.

That left the employees free for tree trimming, storm sewer cleaning, and road repair.

“Some of it has really been catching up on backloads of work that we haven’t been able to get to in the last couple of years and other stuff is really getting to things that have been lower priority that now we’re able to really focus on,” said Christine Schwartzhoff, Operations Team Leader.

Public works officials will be returning at least $350,000 to the city’s general fund, but that amount could be even as high as $1 million
if the weather stays warm.

The returned funds will be used to help fill the city’s projected $11.2 million budget gap.

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