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City and county's salt, sand supplies healthy

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pete Foster
When Clay County gets snow and ice this winter, the local street and highway departments will be prepared.

Clay County Highway Department Superintendent Pete Foster said the supply of sand and salt should be enough to last until spring.

"There shouldn't be a shortage of salt or sand this year," Foster told The Brazil Times. "However, if the situation comes up, we do have things set up to where we could get more from two places."

Currently, the highway department has approximately 160 tons of a salt/sand mix, with another 300 tons of sand in storage.

"We don't use straight salt on the roads," Foster said. "We use strictly a salt/sand mix -- when we have salt -- to melt snow and ice, but also to provide some additional traction on the roads."

The City of Brazil is in a different situation, however, as they do not have any salt to put on the roads this winter.

"We don't have any of the salt left that we received last year," Mike Head, a supervisor with the Brazil Street Department said. "But, we do have a sand/calcium chloride mix available that we can use."

Head added the city was moved to the bottom of the waiting list after receiving salt earlier this year.

"We couldn't get salt this year partly because we didn't have funding available in the budget for it either," he said. "Also, the mix runs a little bit cheaper, and we will be purchasing more as it becomes needed."

While unable to purchase salt for this winter, Head told The Brazil Times the city should not have a shortage of supplies to battle snow and ice on the roads.

"We should be in good shape to get through the winter," Head said.

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