Canastota: Road salt rationed

And that's what Bennett plans to do. He said the department plans to turn all the sanders down and spread less on the streets.

If worse comes to worse, Rouse said the village Department of Public Works could always mix the salt with sand to make it last.

Bennett said he and the mayor agreed that mixing sand with the salt is something they don't want to do because the sand leaves the streets dirty and there is a lot more clean-up in the spring.

"The forecast calls for a rain, snow mix," Bennett said.

If an inch of snow is all that falls, the roads should be fine, according to Bennett because the salt is treated with a melting agent that leaves a film or barrier on the blacktop. Once driven on, the agent takes care of the surface by melting the snow.

Bennett said if salt doesn't arrive by March 20 and he gets down to about 30 ton, then he'll start to worry.

"Then we'd have a real dilemma," Bennett said.

On Friday March 7, Mayor Todd Rouse informed Bee-Journal staff that about 150 tons of salt was delivered to the DPW that morning.

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