Why don't we place brine and salt on all the streets in the city, specifically residential streets?
The cost would be excessive. For example, we use 300 tons of salt only on the current designated routes during a typical winter storm. At $118 per ton, 300 tons of salt would cost a total of $35,400.

We also would need additional equipment to apply brine and salt citywide. For example, it takes us eight hours with four tankers to apply brine only on the current designated routes.

A balanced level of service based on roadway classification and traffic volumes reduces the cost of equipment and the usage of brine and salt. This level of service has long proven to maximize available tax dollars and minimize environmental damages.

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1. What happens during a snow or ice event?
2. How do you decide which streets are included on these brine and salt routes?
3. Why don't we place brine and salt on all the streets in the city, specifically residential streets?
4. When do you begin plowing the roadways?
5. How do I learn about road conditions?
6. I have a medical condition. Can you plow my street in case there is an emergency and an ambulance needs to get through?
7. Why does the plow not remove all of the snow from my road?
8. Why do the plows always push snow into my driveway?
9. Why don't you clean my driveway?
10. I only have on-street parking. Why do you always plow snow against my car?
11. Who removes the snow from sidewalks?
12. Who is responsible for the clearing of handicapped ramps?