The daffodils might be poised to burst into bloom, but that doesn’t mean winter’s woes are entirely in the past just yet.
Naperville officials will be asked this week to endorse payment for snow clearing in public spaces that went well beyond its normal scope, after an abnormally large accumulation of flakes came down on the city over the winter just past.
Tuesday’s City Council agenda includes a request for official approval of $121,660 due to Markham-based Beverly Snow and Ice Inc. The sum adds to the unbudgeted $1.5 million the city already has spent on overtime and contracted plowing demanded by the harsh winter.
The city budget includes enough funds to cover plowing on 24 separate occasions, along with de-icing six times. This year, there were 46 “snow removal events” that brought nearly 77 inches of snow.
Beverly was hired in late January to take over the responsibility for clearing and de-icing on the two train stations’ platforms and parking lots, the downtown business district’s sidewalks and parking areas, and other city-owned sites. City staff said Tim’s Snow Plowing Inc., the contractor originally hired to do the work, had fallen short of providing the required services. At that point, just six snowfalls had called for plowing.
The $101,966 in beyond-budget bills will be covered by the Public Works Department with existing city funds, according to a staff memo.
The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.