Several areas lift overnight parking bans, mild winter means big savings

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A mild western New York winter means big savings and a lot of leftover salt.

“We saved a lot of money in salt we just hit 7 thousand tons which is our minimum we’re usually up to 12 to 13 tons a year so it’s a major savings,” said Cheektowaga Highway Superintendent, Mark Wegner.

Wegner says the mild winter resulted in fewer overtime hours and a savings of close to $10,000 in Cheektowaga.

“This year was fantastic for all highway superintendents and their budgets. As of right now we’re going to be, Monday we’re going to start our pipe jobs,” said Wegner.

It seems like spring has hit western New York early and with record breaking temperatures, winter parking bans have been lifted in several areas like Cheektowaga, Buffalo, Amherst, the town of Tonawanda, the Town of West Seneca and Village of Kenmore.

“The commute of going to work and back and coming home early or something I can definitely find my spot,” said Natalie Reamsnyder of Buffalo.

Larry Champine of Kenmore said, “You can park your car you don’t have to worry about getting a ticket.”

Parking bans go into effect to facilitate snow removal during winter months and typically stay in effect until April 1st. But because snow removal seems very unlikely over the next few weeks, several areas have lifted the ban earlier than usual.

The Cheektowaga Superintendent of Highways says the mild winter also gave crews a head start on summer projects.

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