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and submit the test results, Ellis said. In 2014, Schwab and Ellis said a small 70 foot by 40 foot building with a small offi ce and a double stall garage will be built at Garfi eld Maintenance Facility. The building will enable a member of the Public Works team to remain on-site managing and monitoring salting operations as well as having the necessary equipment available to complement the salting/snow removal operation.

Why store salt inside?

• Salt stored in an outdoor stockpile, if not properly covered and if continuously exposed to moisture, will become lumpy and diffi cult to handle and use.

• Wet and caked or lumpy salt is harder to handle with loaders and to move through spreaders.

• Inside storage elimiates the possibility of contaminiating streams, wells or groundwater with salt runoff.

• Inside storage eliminates the loss of salt dissolved by precipitation.

so a driveway opening will necessarily accept more snow than a curb face. In order to minimize the amount in the driveway, leave snow in place for the last foot of the driveway until the snow removal operation is done.

What does the Village’s snow operations involve? The Village is divided into nine zones and employees drive 18 to 27 trucks divided into the zones until each is completed. Each work period normally lasts 8 to 12 hours. For a snowfall up to 8 inches, operations typically last for 10

hours after the snowfall has stopped. Most of the 52 employees in Public Works perform duties during winter storms. Salting and plowing is done by maintenance workers, water operators, mechanics, engineering technicians, and seasonal drivers. Administrative staff directs the operation, monitors weather reports, answers the phones, investigates reported problems, and issues public information. Repairs for water main breaks and potholes are also often performed concurrently with snow operations.

What are those lines on the streets? Crews spray a brine solution onto the busier streets in anticipation of snow or ice. This solution consists mostly of normal salt brine, but sometimes with a portion of calcium chloride (for low temperatures) and beet juice (to reduce the chloride content). This enables safer travel at the start of a storm, more time for crews to mobilize after hours (especially in the middle of the night), eliminates overtime for minor accumulations, and reduces the amount of chlorides entering our receiving waterways.

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