The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

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February 26, 2014

Not everyone hates to see another snow fall

Accumulation equals added income for some businesses

DANVILLE — Round after round of snowfall this winter has been a boon for snow removal business owners around the county who sat through warm winters the last two years.

While the record-setting snowfall has meant plenty of work, it’s also translated into some long hours and equipment maintenance for the business owners.

Kevin Lacey of L and L Lanscaping in Georgetown said he has spent long hours out working to try to keep up with the snow this winter.

“Some points in time it’s been 48 hours straight before I get home to take a break,” he said. “You just pull into gas station or restaurant to get a bite to eat and move on to the next job.

“You’re loving the money that comes in, but you have the expense of the equipment and upkeep,” added Lacey, who has worked snow removal as a side to his landscaping business for 20 years.

Chris McMahon of CJ’s Snow Plowing said he has four trucks for plowing. And each one has been in the shop at least once this winter season.

“Almost everyone I know has one of their trucks in the shop this year,” he said, citing the large snow mounts. “With this you’re guaranteed you’re going to put money in the vehicles.”

Even with four trucks, this snowy winter has kept the 12-year snow plow veteran busy.

“Trying to keep everyone open is a massive job,” he said.

After a brief reprieve from the wintery weather, there are early indications the snow will return this weekend. Early forecasts from the National Weather Service in Lincoln indicate a system pushing through during the weekend could drop 3-9 inches of snow on the area. Totals could change as the weekend gets closer.

With the potential for more on the way, Vermilion County already has surpassed its snowfall record this winter by amassing 48.3 inches of snow. McMahon said he is already prepping for the new round of snow.

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