As Hilliard prepares for its annual battle with Old Man Winter, Clyde R. Seidle, the director of public service, has announced the implementation of a rock-salt conservation plan designed to help deal with limited supplies and higher costs for the 2008-09 season.

As Hilliard prepares for its annual battle with Old Man Winter, Clyde R. Seidle, the director of public service, has announced the implementation of a rock-salt conservation plan designed to help deal with limited supplies and higher costs for the 2008-09 season.

The plan takes effect Dec. 1.

"This administrative policy and procedure supplements the city's snow and ice-control plan," Seidle said.

The policy applies to all city employees involved in snow- and ice-control operations.

"The Midwest has been faced with a rock-salt shortage and high prices for the 2008-09 winter season," Seidle said.

"Therefore, the city must take measures to conserve the use of rock salt. This plan outlines the city's conservation efforts and amends the level of service provided for the 2008-2009 season."

Seidle said city streets will be plowed in the following order:

Priority 1: Major arterials.

Priority 2: Minor arterials and collectors, including the more significant residential collectors.

Priority 3: Secondary streets, generally the through residential streets not included above.

Priority 4: Cul-de-sacs, other non-through streets and alleys.

Seidle said the city's major objective for the 2008-2009 winter season is to conserve the use of rock salt during snow and ice control operations.

"This will require a level of service amendment for the 2008-09 winter season," he noted. "City snow plow drivers will salt only Priority 1 roadways as outlined under the snow and ice treatment table."

Seidle also noted that specific restrictions have been placed on the use of rock salt. They include:

Rock salt will not be utilized below 25 F.

Rock salt will not be utilized during snowfall accumulation or during plowing operations.

Rock salt may be used, as directed by shift supervisor, at site specific areas such as hills, curves, intersections and bridges.

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