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Heavy snow taxing on Lombard Public Works budget

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 5:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 1:46 p.m. CDT

LOMBARD – The fourth snowiest winter in the history of Lombard has meant heavy overtime hours being used by the village's public works department.

As of Jan. 30, the department has spent $145,000 in overtime, seasonal and commodity expenses – a total which represents roughly 77 percent of the annual budget. If you add the significant snowfall in the past week, the total is closer to 90 percent, Lombard Public Works Director Carl Goldsmith said.

"We are heavily taxed, but there is an end in sight," Golfsmith said during a report at Thursday night's Lombard Village Board of Trustees meeting.

The village has received more than 40 inches of snow this season, compared to a total of 20 inches of snow last year, Goldsmith said.

"Staff has been working generally around the clock since Christmas to keep the town safe," he said. "They've done an excellent job and they should be commended."

Goldsmith acknowledged receiving both positive and negative comments on snow removal, and thanked residents and business owners for their patience.

"It is not a quick process," Goldsmith said. "We do the best job we can."

Occasionally, the department gets complaints from residents who report their mailboxes have been knocked down. The force of plowing the snow is often the cause, Goldsmith said, adding that the department temporarily replaces mailboxes knocked down and will permanently replace them this spring.

To report a collapsed mailbox, call the department at 630-620-5740. A temporary mailbox will be provided by the department by the end of the business day, Goldsmith said.

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