The city of Bexley and its public schools didn't experience many problems during the recent snowstorms, officials said.

The city of Bexley and its public schools didn't experience many problems during the recent snowstorms, officials said.

City employees had to knock on doors last week and ask people to move vehicles so snowplows could get down some streets, but the city's efforts have prompted "a lot of positive comments from residents," Mayor John Brennan said.

Snowplows were out for 36 hours during one snowstorm and 24 hours for the next snowstorm, Brennan said.

He said the annual budget includes overtime funding for service department employees, who might work 12-hour shits to help clear snow. Each of the last two snowstorms cost the city about $7,000, Brennan said.

The city has had salt delivered four times since the snow season started, including 200 tons Feb. 17, Brennan said.

The city only can store about 200 tons of salt, and it takes 100 to 200 tons to handle one snow event, he said.

Service director Bill Harvey said the city can purchase all the salt it needs from Franklin County for $57 a ton. The city has used 500 to 600 tons of salt this winter, while 800 tons are used in a typical winter, he said.

The city also uses brine when possible, Brennan said. The temperature has to be at least 25 degrees and the roads have to be dry for the brine to be effective, city officials have said. Brine costs $120 a truckload, or about 12 cents a gallon, and it takes two truckloads to put down brine on all city streets, Brennan said.

While some school districts have exhausted or nearly exhausted their five calamity days, Bexley City Schools canceled classes for the first time this winter Feb. 16. It was the district's first snow day since Jan. 28, 2009.

Superintendent Mike Johnson said the school district cancels classes if there is a Level 2 snow emergency or if the forecast indicates it will continue to snow throughout the day.

"That was the case this time," he said. "They were forecasting additional accumulation."

Barry Zwick, the district's director of operations, said he has a "snow warrior" team of eight employees who volunteer to come in early to clear walkways during snowstorms.

"We put out a request for each season, asking if (people) are interested in being on the snow removal team," he said. "Obviously, they get overtime."

The schools usually stay open in Bexley because the snow team does a good job, the city keeps streets passable and students in Bexley walk or get dropped off by parents, Zwick said.

Managers of businesses on East Main Street said snow typically doesn't affect them because Bexley is pedestrian friendly.

"A lot of people get cabin fever," Cup O' Joe manager Emily Reincheld said. "They want something warm."

"We serve as the community soup kitchen," said Travis Owen, manager of Giuseppe's Ritrovo. "It hasn't affected us negatively."