There is between 500-600 tons of salt and cinders available if ice and snow fall onto city streets.
Public Works Director Harold Lampkin said the city also has about 300 tons in reserve in the event of a heavy winter storm season.
“We have an ample supply on hand, and close to 300 tons in reserve,” he said. “We have plenty for the winter.”
So far there has not been a need for any salt this year, but Lampkin added that the spreaders and plows are ready when winter weather hits.
The city has over 80 miles of streets on which to lay salt and cinders and plow. Crews treat larger streets first and then work their way to smaller streets.
When roads begin to ice or if snow begins to stick, the public works crew responds by taking out the city’s fleet of trucks to lay a mixture of salt to melt ice and snow and cinders for traction.
City crews respond at all hours to plow and spread material.
City crews treat ice and snow a little differently, but use about the same amount of materials.
Lampkin noted that salt is cheaper the more that is ordered. Several communities in Franklin County order salt together to get a better price.
This year, there were 6,370 tons of salt ordered between the county, the cities of Union, Washington, St. Clair, Pacific, New Haven and Sullivan, as well as special road districts.
Each year, one complaint that city officials receive is that snow is plowed into driveways. Officials have said that in order to get the snow off the streets so it is safe to drive, snow has to be pushed to the sides of the road.