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

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The Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St., has among the larger parking lot areas in the county to clear when it comes to snow removal. Cindy Compton, manager for the Village Mall, said the mall bids out the contract every year before winter begins.

“The challenge is to keep up with everything,” she said. “The budgets are out the window when you get twice the snowfall as a normal year. It’s an uncontrollable cost.”

Compton added the mall works closely with snow removal companies to keep costs down as much as possible.

She said the mall’s top priority is to make sure the lots are cleared well and in a timely manner.

Both Lacey and McMahon said they have several contracts with local businesses. They attempt to fit in residents needing their driveways cleared when possible.

“The phone never stops ringing,” McMahon said.

Lacey noted that usually residents won’t call unless more than 3-5 inches of snow falls.

Doing a large parking lot isn’t as simple as it sounds. Lacey said the timing of snows this year has made it difficult to have a business parking lot clear before regular business hours. Working a lot while the business is open brings up new problems in addition to the snow, ranging from vehicle traffic in the lot and parked vehicles as well as customers coming in and out of the building.

Although having the work is good, McMahon — like a lot of residents — would prefer a few less snows during a winter season.

“If I had my choice, we’d get back to the normal five-six snows per year,” he said, adding that would give him a chance to see his kids again.

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