The mild winter proved beneficial to the City of Newton in a number of ways, including savings on the purchase of salt and sand, little damage to city streets and golfers generating revenue at Westwood way earlier than normal.
Newton City Administrator Bob Knabel said in his weekly report to the council that Newton typically has 12 to 15 snow/ice events but this year had just nine, with well below normal accummulations.
Because of this, the city expects to save about $20,000 in salt, sand and fuel purchases associated with snow removal.
Knabel said the savings will likely go toward the purchase of a new loader/backhoe in the upcoming year.
The savings do not include labor costs, though the Public Works Department did see a savings in overtime hours.
The mild winter allowed city crews to undertake a number of projects not typically doable during winter months, such as replacing/updating signs, tree trimming and starting storm in-take repairs a month earlier than usual.
The biggest savings, however, is that the dry fall and mild winter resulted "in very little street damage from frost heave."
On the downside, however, is that the early spring means a longer mowing season for city crews.