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Lack of snow hurts local business

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Snow removal crews have only had to use a small amount of salt to treat the roads this winter. While some say that is lucky, at least one type of business in town feels it is just the opposite.

"We're hoping for snow. I've got an App on my phone and I look at it every hour," says Chris Trower, president of Diamond Landscapes.

This time last year, snow removal companies and the city had plenty of work.

"If nothing is on the ground by January 15th, we get a little nervous. And we're close," adds Trower.

Although it is not ideal, Diamond Landscapes plans for slow winters, "We really set things up so that we are not to be dependent upon it.
So when it doesn't happen, we're not freaking out. When it does happen its extra revenue," Trower says.

With only one weather event so far this winter, the city salt barn has been pretty quiet, "We probably used a couple 300 tons for that's event. This time last year we probably used ten times that," says Sam Williams, Director of Streets and Roads for the City of Lexington.

If the rain continues, city crews may have to wait to apply snow removal material so that it doesn't just wash away, "If we're looking at a light rain and temperatures dropping, we will probably pre-treat some of our bridges and overpasses," adds Williams.

Snow removal trucks are ready and the salt materials are in full stock for the wintry weather does arrive.

"All of our guys have been foaming at the mouth. You know they are all just ready, getting antsy to go to work," says Trower.


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