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City tallies costs of weekend storm

<p>Lance Neitzel clears snow in front of Nichols Library in Downtown&nbsp;<a id="firsthit" name="firsthit"></a>Naperville&nbsp;during the bitter cold on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. | Mike Mantucca / For Sun-Times Media &nbsp;</p>

Lance Neitzel clears snow in front of Nichols Library in Downtown Naperville during the bitter cold on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. | Mike Mantucca / For Sun-Times Media  

Naperville’s most recent bout with Old Man Winter — who officially arrived with the solstice, barely 2 1/2 weeks ago — has wrapped up. If the weather pattern so far is indicative of what’s yet to come, the season won’t come cheap.

The snowfall that came Jan. 4 and 5 brought costs for snowplow drivers who work for the Public Works Department, as well as outside contractors.

“They go out and hit the cul-de-sacs and residential streets,” said Linda LaCloche, the city’s communications manager.

It demanded road salt, too — upward of a million pounds of the stuff.

“We started out (the season) with 16,000 tons available to us, approximately. We’ve used about 10,000,” LaCloche said.

That’s about $520,000 worth of salt, but the current budget includes enough for another 12,000 tons, if it’s needed.

The city began the season with 14,000 tons on hand, left over from last winter.

Here are more of the numbers provided by the city.

$90,000: Expenditure for staff overtime hours during the storm.

$40,000: Payment for additional plowing done by private contractors.

500-600: Tons of road salt used to address the storm.

$729,335: Sum budgeted for salt in fiscal 2014, enough to purchase 14,000 tons.

30: Inches of snowfall so far this winter.

27.9: Snowfall total for the entire 2012-13 season.

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