The trucks are ready, the salt is piled high, and about 90 employees with the city of Lexington are ready to tackle snow removal this year. Mayor Jim Gray spoke Thursday morning about this winter's plan, saying the city is prepared for whatever the season may bring.
The city of Lexington budgets $1 million for snow removal each year. This year, there is 7,000 tons of salt available to clear roads inside the city. The city is responsible for clearing 12-hundred lane miles.
Crews will work 12 hour shifts to keep roads safe this winter, and based on conditions, there will be some overtime paid to city employees.
The mayor says salt has already been put to use. "One of those guys called me this morning on the way in", ,Mayor Gray said. "As a matter of fact they had responded to several slick calls last evening, or early this morning, Yes we have treated some roads as of today."
In addition to planning ahead for snow removal, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city also has plans in place to address road repairs, such as potholes, that will follow after the winter.
Mayor Gray also advises citizens to become familiarized with the city's snow plan and where their home and daily routes stand, in terms of what is and is not a priority road for the city to treat.