City crews are dealing with a different type of winter this year than last as they are dealing with a warm up rather than mountains of snow. 

"The last two or three weeks," shared Norm Mack, the City's Roads and Drainage Manager, "crews have just been shaving down ice rutted roads and sheering off some of that ice of the streets and hauling it away."

"We do that for a couple reasons. When these nice days do come along, it melts our pavement down to black."

"Drivers must be aware that in the early morning, the frost does tend to come out so some of the early mornings may be icy. Just watch your speed."

He adds that the difference between this winter and the last is noticeable.

"Keeping in mind moisture is welcomed in this area at any time and we hope we do receive some rain in the spring. Cost savings from snow removal from '18 versus '17 has been huge. To this date, we have not put hardly any overtime in. We have not hired any contractors in the latter part of '17 and '18 so the savings is a great benefit to the City."

"Essentially city crews have been putting in regular hours and doing maintenance on some of the streets with ice ruts. We're just trying to keep the roads in good condition and make sure they're driveable."

"As far as our budget goes, you must remember that the '18 budget covers January, February, March, April but then we have our second portion of winter which is November and December so it's really hard to determine whether we'll be under budget or not."

He added that any costs savings remain in city coffers and will be used by city council. 



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