Monday, April 16, 2012
The lower than normal snowfall accumulation this past winter lead to savings for local public works departments.
The early onset of warmer weather has had a positive effect on the budgets of local municipalities. Because of the mild winter temperatures and snowfall, the villages of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills have seen considerable savings in their salt supply expenditures and the overtime pay traditionally paid out to snow plow workers during winter storms. “We used about 1,000 tons less salt this year than the previous year,” LITH Public Works Director Fred Mullard said. “That’s a savings of about $62,000.” Mullard said the village this year also saved another $36,000 in overtime compensation they did not have to pay to snowplow drivers. In Algonquin, the story was the same. “Obviously, we didn’t have the same number of storms as we usually …
Thursday, February 3, 2011
The theft remains under investigation with the Lake in the Hills Police Department.
One LITH resident was without his snow blower during the blizzard after it was stolen from his porch. Lake in the Hills police responded to a home in the 100 block of Wander Way for the reported theft that occurred sometime between 9:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Sgt. Eric Decker of the Lake in the Hills Police Department. “The snow blower was removed from the porch and has yet to be returned,” Decker said. “He doesn’t remember loaning it out.” The theft remains under investigation with the Lake in the Hills Police Department.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
LITH Patch road along with McHenry County snowplow driver Don Downing.
Don Downing has been working as a snowplow driver for McHenry County's Division of Transportation for six years. LITH Patch rode along with Downing during one of his routes in McHenry County Tuesday afternoon--before the brunt of the storm took hold. Mid-afternoon Tuesday, blowing snow had already started to cause problems and made the roadways difficult to navigate. “The issue with the blowing snow is obviously the visibility. There is zero or limited visibility at times,” Downing said. “We just need to keep plowing and scraping and plowing and keep the roads passable, which is basically what we are trying to accomplish. “Sometimes it gets a little exciting out here,” he said. He said his job during extreme blizzard conditions was to …
Last night's blizzard dumped a foot and a half of snow on Algonquin—now it's time to dig everything out.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The worst conditions are expected from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m. Wednesday.
A winter blizzard is heading this way and it could compare to the worst storms in recent history, including those in January 1967 and January 1999. “We’re going to be measuring total snowfall in feet,” said Ed Fenelon, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Chicago office. The worst conditions are expected from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m., Wednesday, he said. “Snowfall will be heavy and at times visibility will be less than 100 feet. We’re expecting 2 to 3 inches per hour at the height of the storm. That rate is tremendous,” Fenelon said. The quickly accumulating snow will make it difficult for snowplows to keep up with the storm. High winds are expected to exacerbate the problem conditions. “Winds could be gusting at 40 miles per…