Director of public works Tim Hanson said "this is ridiculous. adding that he thought he'd seen it all--but this winters unusually mild weather takes the cake--just not the salt
Hanson said ".the first few years that I've been here we've used about 25,000 tons in a particular season, this year its 3,000 tons and we've still got a month to go..."
Which means the city has a massive surplus that they trying to figure out what to do with. the city is currently sitting on 11,000 tons of salt, in order to fulfill their contract with the state, they still have to purchase an additional 9,000 tons. That the weight equivalent of 818 school buses!
All this translates into an awful lot of salt for a winter shaping up to be one of the mildest in recent memory and Hanson agrees, he told us ".last year i thought was a really light year and we still ended up having 25 inches of snow--this year we're still under four inches .."
But if you're thinking all that excess means a waste of the city's money, think again, they're actually well under budget for the year.
According to Hanson "it kind of helps us recover
from the economy over the last few years and gives us a break so we can do what
we need to do --we're not talking about laying off people we're talking about
just maintaining which is a good conversation