Unusually warm temperatures haven't stopped Marysville from preparing for winter.

Unusually warm temperatures haven't stopped Marysville from preparing for winter.

Mayor John Gore told Marysville City Council members Thursday, Dec. 3, the city is ready.

"We're prepared for snow," he said. "We're getting spreaders and plows ready ... We've done a treatment of the roads a couple of times in preparation of inclement weather."

Marysville has about 2,200 tons of salt on hand and has plans to purchase another 1,400 tons, Gore said. The price for salt increased this year by $1.02 per ton, to $72.61, he said.

On average, the city uses 2,046 tons of salt over the winter season.

Last year, the city used 1,660 tons of salt and during the 2013-14 winter, 2,785 tons were used to keep city streets safe, Gore said.

"We should have quite a bit (of salt) available for us," he said.

Sidewalk, bridge repairs slated

In other city news, the sidewalks on West Fifth Street between Maple Street and the West Fourth/Grove Street intersection will be replaced next year.

Marysville City Council members unanimously approved an agreement Dec. 3 with the Ohio Department of Transportation that will replace the sidewalks through the state's Safe Routes to School program.

The replacement will include "the removal and replacement of intermittent sidewalk along both sides of West Fifth Street." Work will begin in the spring or summer with completion set for fall 2016, a memo to council stated.

The project is expected to cost $168,500, with ODOT covering all costs.

Council members also approved another agreement with ODOT to repair the state Route 4 bridge over U.S. Route 33.

Gore said a steel column on the bridge was damaged when it was hit by a vehicle.

The agreement gives ODOT the authority to fix the column. ODOT will also pay for that project, which is expected to cost $50,000.

Construction is expected in the spring and should be finished in the fall, a memo from ODOT said.

Marysville City Council will meet earlier than usual for its last meeting of 2015. The Dec. 17 meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers, 209 S. Main St.