LANSING | Did a Lansing village trustee who made wisecracks this week about the virtually nonexistent snowfall thus far this winter speak too soon?

We'll have to see if Village Trustee Terry Kapteyn winds up regretting his words, as spoken Tuesday when the Village Board met as a "Committee of the Whole."

For Kapteyn, the trustee who heads the village committee that oversees the Public Works Department, made sure to include in his report about the department that they have done, "a fabulous job on snow removal during the past month."

The punch-line to that joke being that there has been virtually no snowfall this winter. The slight amounts of snow that have fallen amounted to dustings that did not stick for any length of time.

It was also evidenced by the "green" Christmas we experienced this year in the Chicago area.

That wisecrack concerned Village President Norm Abbott, who immediately snapped a "be careful" warning.

Which could be because of National Weather Service forecasts that predict for the Chicago area the first significant snowfall of this winter season — beginning late Wednesday into Thursday with snowfall of more than 6 inches possible.

While Village Trustee Anthony DeLaurentis couldn't help but come up with his own wisecrack, asking Kapteyn, "is your name Mike Bilandic?" The reference was to the one-time Chicago mayor whose failure to handle cleanup of heavy snowfall in 1979 was credited for his electoral defeat that year to Jane Byrne.

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