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Downers Grove modifies snow removal operations due to salt shortage

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 2:05 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove is modifying its snow and ice control operations due to a regional salt shortage, the village announced Friday.

Due to the limited supply, the village will be applying salt only in targeted areas where it is most needed, according to a news release on the village website.

An emergency supply of salt is maintained for use and application in the most extreme conditions, the release stated.

"(The village) will continue to closely monitor the situation and work with its supplier to replenish the salt supply," the release stated.

The village plans to apply salt mixed with some sand to roads with the highest traffic volume, including roads near schools and those leading to Good Samaritan Hospital, hills, curves and intersections. Downtown parking lots and sidewalks and train station platforms will continue to be cleared and salted.

Neighborhood roads may be snow packed, according to the release.

The historically harsh winter has also taken a bite out of the village's snow removal budget.

Earlier this month, village staff reported that the village spent almost 70 percent of its 2014 snow removal budget in January.

Through the end of January, the village spent $438,000 of the 2014 snow removal budget of $637,000. Staff said in a normal winter, it would have spent about $191,360 in January. Last year, the January figure was $82,057, and it was $134,789 the January before.

Snow removal accounts for about 1.5 percent of the total general fund budget of about $43.6 million.

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