Higher temperatures & lower gas prices keep more green in Dayton’s wallet

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — It won’t be a white Christmas this year but that’s okay for the City of Dayton Public Works Department. The increase in temperatures and decrease in gas prices are welcome sights and saving the city money.

“What this has given us the opportunity to do is kind of do some other clean up work around the city. So what we’re able to do is kind of mulch the leaves in our parks a little bit more, do some more tree removal, stump removals, again continue to patch potholes and do street repairs,” said City of Dayton Director of Public Works Fred Stovall.

Snow pounded the Dayton region in November 2014, sending crews into overdrive. Stovall said this time last year, he spent about $35,000 in overtime once the flakes fell. This year, the city says it’s ahead of the game with no overtime dollars spent on snow removal.

“Probably the only downside for my employees, they don’t get to make their overtime for the holiday season,” stated Stovall.

That means more opportunities to pay crews extra hours in the mowing season.

“In the summertime, then maybe we can spend longer days cutting grass longer that way we’re keeping it cut more frequently, and we’re not letting it get as tall in certain areas,” said Stovall.

The dip at the gas pump has also helped.

“That’s how we probably saved this $15,000,” said Stovall.

When the snow does fall, the city says it’s ready. Stovall says he’s sending out plows on dry runs every couple of weeks.

“And that’s just to make sure the trucks are fine tuned and ready to roll in case we do get a snow event,” said Stovall.

The city says overall in 2014 and 2015 it spent $585,000 on salt and $350,000 on overtime.

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