SPOKANE -- The warm dry winter so far in the Inland Northwest is translating into some savings for the City of Spokane.
Spokane allocates $2.5 million for snow removal each calendar year. The lack of snowfall in the end of 2011 saved the city about $100,000.
City spokesperson Marlene Feist says that money will go into a reserve street fund, and will provide a cushion in case of an emergency.
“What if we have a really big snow year for the rest of 2012,” says Feist. “We really can’t predict. We have unpredictable weather in the Inland Northwest.”
Feist says the city usually taps the entire budget every year. The winter of 08-09 brought extreme snowfall, forcing the city to wipe out the reserve fund too.
With a break from the snow so far this season, plow crews are busy working on other street projects like filling potholes, leaf removal, street sweeping and street signage.