|City and Township Road Crews Have Been Busy|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Sunday, 23 February 2014 19:01|
Road crews in Tipp City and Monroe Township have been keeping busy responding to winter weather this season.
The city, as of Monday, had used 418 tons of salt from the 700 tons in storage prior to winter weather. Another 400 tons of salt was ordered, but had not arrived as of Monday, City Engineer Scott Vagedes said.
In addition to salt, the city again has used some beet juice to treat road with 100 gallons used on Sunday before the arrival of bitter cold Sunday night.
The effect of the beet juice, used in previous years, is being evaluated, Vagedes said.
The city’s equipment has worked OK so far with snow flow cutting edges replaced and one flat tire repaired.
The city as of Monday had seen 181 hours of overtime for plowing/salting since the first call for those services on Dec. 6.
The city has spent the following on winter weather response so far: $27,354 for salt, $290 for beet juice and $5,885 for labor.
Vagedes said the city does not use any outside contractors to help with plowing/salting. The water, parks and electric department workers assist the street department in plowing as needed.
In Monroe Township, crews have picked up more salt than usual because more days have required application than in previous winters, township Trustee Martin English said.
“We keep enough salt on hand to respond to each individual weather event. More was brought in Friday to prepare for tomorrow,” English said Sunday of the latest snow that arrived later that night.
“Unfortunately, salt won’t help if temperatures fall as low as predicted this week,” he added.
The township’s equipment has worked as expected, English said. The township employees have other tasks in addition to responding to the weather such as cemetery duties, he said, adding burials were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
English said he could not yet provide information on the amount of salt used and the costs of responding to weather so far this winter because of the preparations for the latest storm.
When asked his hope for the rest of the winter, Vagedes said “no water main breaks and very few potholes.”
Bethel Township also was asked via email about its winter costs so far. No response was received as of late Monday.