Bexley is ready to bring the brine.

Bexley is ready to bring the brine.

Service director Bill Harvey said city workers recently filled their new 1,300-gallon tank with brine that was purchased from Franklin County earlier this month.

The city paid 14 cents per gallon for about 1,000 gallons of the saltwater mixture that's used to treat roads before it snows.

The tank, which the city purchased in November for about $11,000, attaches to the back of a truck and has adjustable nozzles to spray brine onto roads.

"We have to experiment to get it close enough to the ground so it doesn't (spray) everywhere," Harvey said. "The other thing you can do is raise and lower the nozzles. The manufacturer gave us some recommendations."

Harvey said he and his service department staff members have not had a chance to test the tank since they took possession a few weeks ago, because the weather has been good.

"They have been predicting bad weather, but we haven't got any," he said. "We want to make sure it spreads the way we think it will. We won't do that until a day we think it makes sense."

Harvey said a few of his workers will be trained to use the tank. Other service department staff members will still operate the snowplows and salt trucks.

Harvey said he asked both Franklin County and Ohio Department of Transportation officials for tips on using the tank, although he thinks it will be different for Bexley service workers because they will be traveling at slower speeds -- around 20 mph.

Depending on how much warning city officials have before a snowstorm, Harvey said he hopes to use brine on both main roadways and side streets as needed.

"Initially, I would like to try it on the side streets just to see how it works," he said.

Though the city purchased the first batch of brine from Franklin County, Harvey hopes to make future purchases from Whitehall.

Whitehall officials hope to make their own brine for city use and for sale to other municipalities.

In November, the city purchased a $50,000 system to make brine, which Whitehall service director Ray Ogden said was set to arrive last week.

"It will take us a while to set it up," he said. "It will just be a matter of hooking everything up, and it will be trial and error for us to get used to it."

Harvey said he would like to purchase brine from Whitehall because it is more convenient for Bexley workers to pick up brine from there. He said he has talked to Ogden, but has not made any official plans for purchasing from Whitehall.