Despite the series of snow storms that hit the area this month, the city of Grandview Heights' salt supply remains nearly fully stocked.

Despite the series of snow storms that hit the area this month, the city of Grandview Heights' salt supply remains nearly fully stocked.

"I just purchased 300 more tons of salt, so our bin is about as full as it was at the beginning of the winter," street supervisor Steve McKnight said.

City workers have accrued about 250 hours of overtime working to plow and salt roads this winter, but the city budget includes an allocation for overtime expenses, he said.

"This is Ohio and we know we may get a lot of snow," McKnight said. "We play it safe rather than be sorry."

When a snow storm hits, the city has six vehicles available to plow and salt roadways, he said.

"We'll have three guys out at night and during the day it's all hands on deck," McKnight said.

Drivers work eight-hour shifts, he said.

"I don't want them out there driving any longer on a shift," McKnight said. "I think any longer than eight hours on the road and fatigue starts setting in. That's not good in a job like this.

"You have to have a clear mind and be alert," he said. "We have a lot of weight we're hauling and there are the big steel plows out front of the vehicle that can cause damage if you're not careful."

Operating the plow trucks during heavy snows is hard on the drivers and hard on the vehicles, McKnight said.

'"We spend the time between snow duty working on vehicle maintenance, making sure they're running well, washing them to protect from corrosion caused by road salt, checking the tires and all that," he said.

The city of Grandview declared a snow emergency Feb. 17-18, which required residents to remove parked vehicles from along streets and roads posted as snow emergency routes.

On Feb. 17 residents who parked on the odd numbered side of the street were supposed to move their vehicles and those who parked on the even numbered side were to remove their vehicles the next day.

"If everyone removes their vehicle, what we're able to do is line up our trucks and plow three-fourths of the street clear through," McKnight said. "Then we can come back the next day and get the rest of the street plowed. We try to get the streets plowed curb to curb."

Because there has been so much snow, during the recent storms the city concentrated first on plowing the streets before salting, he said.

Only about 25 percent of vehicles were moved during the snow emergency, McKnight said.

"It's frustrating," he said. "It keeps us from being able to do our job, but there's also a safety factor. That's why we do snow emergencies. What if your neighbor had a heart attack or their house caught on fire and emergency vehicles had problems getting through?"

The road crews were forced to call police to impel many residents to move their cars, McKnight said.

"If another snow emergency occurs, we really hope people will move their cars," he said. "It's not just for our sake, it's for your safety as well."

Meanwhile, with the trucks washed and checked over and the salt supply full, "We're ready to go if we get another big snow," McKnight said.