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Slow start to the winter doesn't exactly mean savings for Rockford

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 Brown grass and clear roads have been the story of winter so far.

That has meant less work for Rockford's street maintenance employees.

This month, the city of Rockford has only seen traces of snow.

Last year at this time, the region saw almost a foot and a half of snow.

Officials say, they only contract outside help when more than two inches of snow accumulates.

Rockford Street Superintendent, Mark Stockman says, they haven't had to do that yet.

"Last December it cost us just under one million dollars in salting, plowing, and paying our contractor for services. This year, we haven't had to pay any contractors for the few operations that we have had," Stockman said.

The city says, however, the savings it is seeing now, compared to last year, may be erased by the higher price it paid for salt.

"At the end of the day, essentially, we could have a normal winter this year and it still would cost us as much or more than it did last year," Stockman said.



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