UPDATE: Street Department Finds Road Salt Supplier
The Chillicothe Street Department has been working to keep up with the slick road conditions and are starting to see the bottom of their piles of supplies. Street Superintendent Jeff Gillespie says they currently have enough sand and salt to handle four more events. City Administrator Darin Chappell says Gillespie has been working to locate additional materials and that paid off.
In addition, the street department has been supplementing the current supply with some of the cinders from the old Chillicothe coal fired power plant. He says those cinders have a darker color and work well with the sun to begin some of the melting on the city streets.
The Chillicothe street crews have been coming in early in the morning. Gillespie says they are starting their day at about 4:00 am and trying to work on the main routes before most of the morning traffic begins. Chappell says they have also been assisted by other departments.
Chappell says the cooperation between the department is appreciated as the winter weather continues to cause problems on the streets.