City's salt bins stocked for whatever winter may dish out
Although the early indications are this winter may be a snowy one, the city of Grandview Heights is well-prepared for what may come.
"We started the winter with our bin full of salt, about 500 tons worth," Street Supervisor Steve McKnight said.
The city used less than 100 tons of salt during last year's mild winter, so there was less needed to replenish the supply, he said.
Grandview belongs to a consortium with several other municipalities to purchase road salt, McKnight said.
"We get better rates when we join together," he said.
It's impossible to predict how much salt the city will need for a given winter, but once the bin gets about half full, more salt is purchased, McKnight said.
Crews are sent out when roads are beginning to get slick, he said. The police department monitors roadways at night and relays word that city streets need to be treated.
In most cases, two trucks are sent out, but more can be used if a winter storm is severe, McKnight said.
City crews work on streets in both Grandview and Marble Cliff.
When snow arrives, the first priority is to clear the main roadways that carry a heavy flow of traffic, McKnight said. School zones are addressed next, then all residential streets.
There are a number of ways residents can help city crews when snow falls, he said.
"Most importantly, it really helps if people can move their cars from the streets if a storm is coming," McKnight said.
Moving parked cars will allow plows to clear the roadway the first time through, he said. City plows are about 10 feet wide, and some of the city's narrower streets and alleys are only about 11 or 12 feet in width.
Parked cars must be removed from designated snow emergency streets when an emergency is declared, McKnight said. The mayor usually declares an emergency when four inches or more have fallen.
Residents also are asked to wait until their street has been plowed before clearing the ends of their driveways.
There is no way to plow the streets without depositing snow into driveways, McKnight said.
Residents also should avoid shoveling snow into the road, he said.
"This can really cause a traffic hazard," McKnight said.