By Anna DeWine-Bolton
XENIA — Tuesday’s weather brought snow removal trucks to county roads.
Greene County Engineer Bob Geyer says he is approaching this winter the same way he has approached every winter.
“We make sure the hoppers work, the plows are okay, then we wait for the snow and get out there,” he said.
The “wait and see” approach allows the county engineer to keep enough salt in the county’s barns for a short-term range, and then order more when the weather dictates it’s necessary, Geyer explained in a previous interview. This approach helps keep costs down.
“I keep my barn half-full,” Geyer reported.
Ready for the snow are the county’s twelve trucks, 1,500-3,000 tons of road salt, and 15,000-30,000 gallons of Beet Heet. Beet Heet Concentrate, a liquid de-icer, is a natural product used to wet the salt to make it work more effectively.
The county typically buys salt in 1,000-ton increments and Beet Heet in 10,000-gallon increments, usually keeping 1,500 tons of salt and 15,000 gallons of Beet Heet on hand. It takes about 100 tons of salt to cover county roads in one pass-through.
When it’s snowing, Geyer has one piece of advice for citizens: slow down.
“A few people didn’t do that this morning,” he said.
Reach Anna DeWine-Bolton at 937-502-4498.