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Salt supplies holding despite last week

Feb. 25, 2014

Village of Sussex and Town of Lisbon officials remain optimistic that they can survive the remainder of the winter with their existing supplies of road salt even though they had to deal out a double dose of it last week.

Village Administrator Jeremy Smith estimates he has about 500 tons of salt remaining. He anticipates that is enough salt for about a half dozens storms. A sufficient number, he estimates, to get through the remainder of the winter.

Since early in the year, the village has been rationing its salt by applying it only to intersections and on hills. Smith said the village has an adequate supply of salt because of the conservation measures

However, last week the village had to apply salt on both Wednesday evening and Thursday morning in order to keep the streets safe during fluctuating winter weather when their was a brief warming trend, followed by a mix of rain, sleet and snow, and a drop in temperatures below freezing that left streets very icy.

Smith said village road crews have tried to keep streets as clear of snow as possible which has reduced the need to use salt. However, he said by applying salt before and after the temperatures fluctuated the road crews where able to keep streets safe which resulted in a minimum number of complaints from village residents.

Town of Lisbon Public Works Director Joe Klemm said his crews had to salt some subdivision streets particularly in the Thousand Oaks, Woodland Oaks and Oakwood Road neighborhoods. He said salting was necessary because ponds that developed on the street when temperatures warmed turned to ice when temperatures dropped below freezing.

He said the problem can become particularly severe on streets where there are a lot of trees which create shade which interferes with the evaporation of the water on the street.

Klemm has also been rationing salt by limiting to intersections, hills and curves, until last week.

He said has about 300 tons of salt left and is anticipating getting through the month of February without a major snowstorm.

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