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Published: Saturday, 12/8/2012

Sylvania ready for snow, ice removal this winter

BY CRAIG STOUGH
SYLVANIA MAYOR
Sylvania mayor Craig Stough. Sylvania mayor Craig Stough.
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City of Sylvania leaf collection was completed for 2012 during the first week of December and Streets Division crews have now re-equipped city trucks for snow and ice removal.

Let me share some facts about the high priority job of keeping our streets clear of ice and snow through the winter months.

With over 73 miles of roadway to keep clear, snow and ice removal is a big job in the City of Sylvania. The city has six trucks equipped with 10-foot wide plows and salt spreaders. Two of these trucks are equipped with liquid brine spreaders to pretreat roads prior to predicted storms.

Last winter, City of Sylvania workers spent 523 hours and spread 700 tons of road salt and 13,025 gallons of brine to remove snow and ice from the roads. Last winter was a mild winter and required much less time and materials than the 2010-2011 winter season when 2,382 hours and 2,429 tons of salt were used, and not nearly as tough as the 2007–2008 winter season when 2,934 hours and 3,910 tons of salt were used.

The City of Sylvania participates in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Cooperative Purchasing Program for rock salt in order to receive better pricing as part of a larger salt purchasing group.


Building for salt storage in Sylvania. Building for salt storage in Sylvania.
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In order to accommodate the larger, less frequent deliveries of the ODOT program and allow stacking without using a conveyor, the city has erected a new salt storage facility behind the Parks and Forestry Division Building west of Centennial Terrace on Erie Street. The facility has a vinyl fabric roof, concrete walls and an asphalt floor.

Snow and ice removal costs, like leaf collection costs, are paid for out of the city’s General Fund. City of Sylvania property owners are not assessed separately on their property tax bills for these services as they are in some nearby communities.

The city categorizes streets into four levels of importance: main arteries (Monroe, Main, Alexis, Harroun), secondary streets (Brint, McCord, Summit, Erie, etc.), feeder streets (main neighborhood streets) and residential streets. Main arteries and secondary streets get attention first.

Snow and ice removal often keeps the trucks on the road 24 hours a day until the roads are clear.

The heavier the storm, the longer the clearing process. The trucks will make one pass following predetermined routes on all city streets before coming back for a second pass to widen residential streets out to full width.

Let’s hope we don’t have too many bad storms this winter. But when we do, our xity crews and equipment are ready.



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