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Officials prepared for winter

Sunday, December 5, 2010

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As far as keeping county roads clear this winter, Clay County Highway Superintendent Pete Foster told The Brazil Times the department has plenty of a salt/sand mix from last year. In addition, he said more will be purchased. [Order this photo]
With a minimal amount of snow falling on Clay County ground this season, local officials are prepared to keep the roads as clean as possible.

Clay County Highway Superintendent Pete Foster recently told The Brazil Times his department still has approximately 300 tons of a salt/sand mix leftover from last winter and plan to purchase more salt soon.

"We are probably going to put in an order for more in the first part of December," Foster said.

"Plus, we do have a few companies on retainer so we can order more whenever it is needed."

The City of Brazil also has plenty of salt remaining to use during the upcoming winter months.

"The Street Department has approximately 75 tons of salt available, which should be enough for this season," Brazil Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Raymond Staub told The Brazil Times.

"They also mix the salt with sand in order to not only melt any snow on the roads, but provide additional traction for motorists."

Mayor Ann Bradshaw added the city is also prepared to clean up roads once spring weather arrives and the temperatures are regularly above freezing.

"When things start to warm up, vehicles can still slide around on roads where the sand remains," she said. "That was a big reason for us purchasing the new street sweeper earlier this year so we can get that up as soon as possible."

In addition, whenever the Clay Community School Corporation announces a delay for any school day due to wintry conditions, Brazil City Hall will observe the same delay.

"We have some employees with young children, and we want to make sure they are able to see them off to school without having to make last-second arrangements," Bradshaw told The Brazil Times.

"So if the school corporation sets a two-hour delay for the start of classes, City Hall will also have a two-hour delay for the start of business."


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Great job sanding the county roads this weekend with the first measurable snow! City streets, not so much. You could tell where the county road ended and the city street began, as that is where the sand ended!

-- Posted by County Taxpayer on Sun, Dec 5, 2010, at 7:49 PM

I agree, the city streets are terrible. full of pot holes. The street repairs after water leaks is none existant. should rezone the city to the country since some of our city streets are gravel. I wish the Mayor would just tell us up front what the future plan is of our city streets. And I hope there is a plan.... if not we should all get a refund on taxes.

-- Posted by (B_b) is an idiot !! on Sun, Dec 5, 2010, at 8:14 PM

Most of the city side streets are very slick. Depot St. north of Hendrix is glare ice with ruts.

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Sun, Dec 5, 2010, at 8:23 PM

Really was thrilled that our rural county road was plowed on Saturday afternoon. Made a lot of difference as it wasn't then a packed down sheet of ice the following day and just about dry this AM for school buses in most places except where wind had drifted it. Always wondered why Indiana doesn't use snow fence in high drift areas like so many other states do??? That would really help as well.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Dec 6, 2010, at 8:09 AM

FOR YOU WHO LIVE ON THE COUNTY ROADS WHO HAD THEIR ROADS SNOWPLOWED LAST WEEKEND, YOU MUST HAVE A COUNTY OFFICIAL LIVING ON YOUR ROAD. US FOLKS WHO LIVE ON 100 S. EAST OF BOWLING GREEN WHO LIVE ON A HEAVILY TRAVELED GRAVEL ROAD RARELY SEE WORKERS IN THE AREA. MANY RESIDENTS USE THIS ROAD TO GO TO THE 6 POINTS CONVENIENCE STORE. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE BLACKTOP OR AT LEAST PITCH AND SEAL FOR US PEASANTS.

-- Posted by Gerstmeyer Tech. on Mon, Dec 6, 2010, at 11:47 AM


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