Grove City's street crews got their first winter weather test Dec. 9.

Workers went out to treat roadways at 3:30 p.m. and were on the job for about five hours, said Cindi Fitzpatrick, the city's public safety director.

"It wasn't too bad," she said.

"We're hoping for a mild winter again this year, but we're prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us," Fitzpatrick said.

The city's salt barn is full with 1,800 tons of road salt, she said.

"That's the capacity; it's all our barn can hold," Fitzpatrick said.

"We purchased the amount of salt we needed to fill the barn after last winter."

Last season, the city spent $158,176 on road salt and used 1,000 tons, Fitzpatrick said.

In an average season, the city uses 1,500 to 2,000 tons of salt. The city has made arrangements to purchase more salt from the Ohio Department of Transportation, if needed.

The city has a fleet of eight dump trucks with plows and salt spreaders ready to hit the streets during inclement weather, she said.

Twelve city pick-up trucks are equipped with snow plows.

"Four of our dump trucks are always used to cover our main streets, like Stringtown, Broadway, Hoover, London-Groveport and Buckeye Parkway," Fitzpatrick said.

Crews work on 12-hour shifts, some working midnight to noon and others noon to midnight as long as conditions require it, she said.

The top priorities are the main arteries, which are the streets that carry the most traffic, Fitzpatrick said. Secondary roads are treated next, followed by local roads, such as those into housing subdivisions.

In all, Grove City road crews are responsible for treating about 385 lane miles throughout the city, she said.

Jackson Township has about 500 to 600 tons of salt in its barn located behind the township administration office, said Lynn Bruno, assistant township administrator.

"The barn is full and we are ready for winter weather," she said.

The township pays between $60 and $70 per ton for the road salt, Bruno said.

Crews plow and salt 26 miles of township roadways during snowstorms, she said. That includes the Anglebrook, Briarwood Hills, Casa Farms, Deer Trail Estates, Emersonia, Geyerwood, Grubb Farms, Lynnbrook, Mayfair Park, Robin Estates, Rocky Creek and Southern Grove subdivisions.

Grove City and Jackson Township crews participated earlier this year in training sessions the Ohio Department of Transportation offered, Fitzpatrick said.

"It was a good refresher course on general techniques, salt application rates and driving in winter conditions," she said. "It's a way to make sure our crews stay sharp for the winter."

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