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Smaller Communities Ready for the Winter Blast

Posted at: 02/20/2013 5:43 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- With more winter weather on its way, cities and agencies across the area are gearing up for it. And even though small towns don't have the same resources larger cities do, they say they are still ready.

"Between the crew here, it seems like somebody is always looking after it," said Mark Stevens, the Public Works Supervisor for the City of Stewartville.

He says the city keeps plenty of sand and salt on hand for when the weather strikes.    

"We contract our salt out in the summer so we've got a year's worth ahead. So we mix it as we need it. We store about 225 to 250 ton of salt/sand, and about 150 ton of salt," said Stevens.

In the City of Byron, things are a little different. Greg Rud is the Public Works Supervisor there. He says the city doesn't store any sand or salt. Instead, Byron buys it from Olmsted County.

"Right now, we don't have the facilities. It needs to be a covered facility. And we don't have that nor the money to put it up at this time," said Rud.

That could soon change.

"I just brought up with our finance committee the possibility of building a new building as well as a salt/sand shed ourselves," said Rud.

For the upcoming winter storm on Thursday and Friday, both Stevens and Rud say they're keeping a close watch.

"There's always updates. So certainly hourly. And then we've got somebody at night that skywatches it," said Stevens.

"I get updates from Mike Bromberg from the EOC there. We just hang on and see what happens I guess," said Rud.  

Byron officials say they are hoping to have a facility to keep sand and salt by next winter.