"Last year, the ice was kind of like our tsunami," Commissioner President Charlie Brown said. "It just kind of hit us, and we weren't prepared for it. We're not going to get caught like that this year."
The county has six snowplows and six saltboxes, along with 14 people to take care of 700 miles of road.
"The best tools for snow and ice are sand and salt, but a lot of counties are now using calcium chloride, which acts like an ice-melt that you put down," Brown said. "You mix it with the salt and sand."
The commissioners have been talking with different vendors about the solution.
"There's a local vendor that is coming in next week to talk about it," he said. "We want to try it on a trial basis and see if it actually works well."
In the fall, the commissioners were able to buy, at a reasonable price, a new stainless steel saltbox. Also, they have made one truck a permanent salt truck.
"Our man power right now is low, but we have a lot of good things going on," Brown said. "The guys are doing a great job. We try to work on a real tight budget, and I think the guys do a super job. They need to be recognized."
The commissioners are also in negotiations to receive milling from the construction of the interstate. The county would get the material for free and could use it for the county roads to save on rock and reduce dust.