Snow dampens outlook for Kane County transportation budget
By Matt Brennan For Sun-Times Media February 5, 2014 1:22PM
Updated: March 7, 2014 1:36PM
Mother Nature may be wreaking havoc on more than just the roads in Kane County with the especially snowy, cold, icy weather this winter.
The county’s snowplows have been activated 56 times this year, compared to 19 times all of last year. And the increase in winter weather will have an adverse impact on the county’s transportation budget, County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said Wednesday.
“This is truly an uncontrollable event,” Lauzen said. “Our duty is to keep people safe.”
Snowplows usually go out an average of 50 times a winter. This season’s winter weather could last another two months.
Kane has used 10,400 tons of salt this year. It has 4,000 tons still on hand, with the ability to order an additional 5,000 tons. The county has spent roughly $677,000 on salt and could need to spend between $250,000 and $500,000 more before the winter is done, Lauzen said.
The county currently has spent $222,000 on overtime for drivers and budgeted for $229,000. It likely will exceed that amount as well, Lauzen said.
“I’d really like to commend our front-line workers,” said Transportation Committee Chairman Drew Frasz (R-Elburn). “Some of them have worked 19-hour shifts.”