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Lack of snow good for counties, bad for business

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Plow trucks were dusted off Monday morning, as they hit the road for the first official snow fall of the season.

It's been a slow start for those dependent on the snow, but the snow-less season has some seeing big savings.

For Total Property Maintenance in Roseland, their salt is stacked high and their trucks are ready to go. All they need now is snow.

"We've been waiting on snow, it just hasn't come yet. We got a little big, but nothing like we hoped for," says Shawn Kuhl, who works for Total Property Maintenance.

However, the lack of snow isn't sending chills through everyone in the plow business. It's actually good news for city and county street departments.

"For every week that goes by, we haven't had to plow snow and that's a lot of savings," says Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder. Those savings are needed this year, since last winter the department had use some of this winter's salt and sand budget.

The county spends $ 80,000 every time they do one round of clearing the roads. If city and counties spend less this year on plowing, that money will just be put in savings and used when they get another rough winter.

Plow companies say they can still make up money lost over the past few weeks if we get the snow we're expected to get this week.

If you're interested in contacting Total Property Maintenance, they can be reached at 574-243-8552.

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