Penn Hills DPW ready for winter
Penn Hills Department of Public Works had a smaller shipment of road salt delivered this month because officials were able to stockpile leftovers from the last two mild winters.
“If it's a milder winter, than that's a blessing. What we don't use is stored,” Public Works Director Jerry Nosal said.
The proposed 2018 budget includes $336,000 for road salt, around $100,000 below what was allocated last year.
Before December's shipment, DPW had around 4,000 tons stored in the municipality's salt dome. The purchase of 3,000 tons at about $70 per ton leaves them about 1,000 tons short of the amount used during a normal winter, Nosal said. The director added he is confident his department is ready for whatever winter brings.
Long-term forecasts by AccuWeather and the National Weather Service call for higher-than-average amounts of rain, snow or sleet this winter.
“With the budget we have proposed, that will be sufficient to take us through,” he said.
A fleet of 14 plow trucks covers 200 miles roads throughout Penn Hills, according to Nosal.