Where's the surplus from last year.....hardly snowed...couldn't of used all of it....should of had some leftover for this year!
another Palmieri blunder!
Recent snowstorms might have Utica coming up short on road salt by the end of the season.
About 8,000 tons of salt costing about $385,000 was budgeted for this winter season, said Department of Public Works Commissioner David Short.
“From November to now, we’ve used almost 3,000 tons of salt,” he said.
Utica has had 29 inches of snow so far this season, about 12.5 inches of which fell Dec. 26 and 27, according to WKTV records.
With three months to go, the department will conserve where it can to stretch the remaining 5,000 tons to the end of the season.
“This year we’ve cut back somewhat,” Short said.“We try to conserve.”
The city has 13 plowing routes.
On average, the department uses 250 tons of salt every time plows goes out, Short said.
“That’s quite a bit of material that we put on the ground,” he said.
The city contracts with the state to buy salt, Short said. The most recent cost was $44 per ton.
To conserve, the plows go easy on salt on secondary roads, dead ends and cul-de-sacs, leaving the majority of the salt for main roads, hills and intersections, Short said.
The large storms aren’t the problem, he said, it’s the small storms where only a few inches fall. There’s not enough snow to plow, so they have to put salt down on all the roads, Short said.
“Every storm is different,” said.“It’s a matter of assessing the situation.”
If the city runs out of salt there are a few options: find the money in the budget to buy more, borrow from other municipalities or use sand, Short said.
“It’s budget time, you have to be careful what you spend,” he said.“I think we’ll have enough. We get by every year.”
Lay off one more lazy azz cop or fireman and buy enough salt for the next century.