CALCUTTA- The St. Clair Township road crew is preparing their equipment and stockpiling road salt and slag to keep township roads clear for the fast approaching winter season.
Township Road Foreman Scott Barrett briefed trustees on his department's preparation for winter at Tuesday's trustees meeting.
Barrett told trustees he and the other four road employees had gotten a chance to try out equipment and get reacquainted with wintery conditions during last week's freak snow storm.
According to Barrett, two of the townships plow trucks broke down in the unexpectedly wintery conditions but have since been repaired. Barrett said in the event that weekend forecasts come to fruition and the area is hit with snow and wintery mix, his crews will be ready.
"We're doing the normal general preparations like changing and fixing the tires and getting ready for the next snow," he said.
Township road salt and number eight slag supplies are in good shape, according to Barrett, who notes that the township stockpiles measure in the hundreds of tons.
"We keep it ( slag and salt) stockpiled so we don't run into problems," said Barrett.
Barrett admitted he was surprised by how much salt was used during last week's storm. Of course, applying the salt and slag to the roadways in bad weather can be the most difficult part. During sporadic snowfalls a plow driver might be called out to clear the roads multiple times in one night for as long as six hours to complete just one designated plow route, according to Barrett.
"It's a pretty big decision to use up the hours and material it takes to keep the road clear, but you try to make the best decision you can."