Streetsboro -- Despite a savage winter continuing to harass Northeast Ohio, the city has more than enough road salt on hand, Service Director Bill Miller said.
"By monitoring the salt usage, we have been able to avoid depleting our salt allocation for the 2013-14 season," Miller said.
Miller said the city has used about 3,500 tons of salt so far and has about 1,500 tons of salt available.
"We have also done more pre-treatment with beet juice this year to help stretch our budget and give the residents the most cost-effective and timely snow removal," he said.
Miller said the service department has been pre-treating the roads prior to snow events.
"We have also been trying to be conservative during the storms by only salting the hills, curves, intersections and other potentially dangerous areas," he said.
So far in 2014, the city has spent $23,610 on service department overtime through Feb. 7, according to Finance Director Jenny Esarey, while $59,700 has been set aside for service department overtime in the city's temporary budget.
Miller reminded motorists that the city's priorities for snow removal are: 1) main roads including routes 14, 43 and 303; 2) secondary routes including Diagonal, Frost, Seasons and Page roads; and 3) subdivisions and residential areas.
Miller praised the city's service department, thanking his crews for "all their long hours, dedication and teamwork in keeping the roads clear and safe, not only for the residents, but also for the commuters who travel through the city of Streetsboro."
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