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* News Release *
 
Monday, October 26, 2015
For Immediate Release

COUNTY CREWS PREPARE FOR WINTER

Butler County Engineer Greg Willkens reports that snow and ice control crews will begin winter preparations this week. The BCEO's annual truck Roadeo and other activities will take place on Wednesday and Thursday as snowfighters from the Engineer's Office and other Butler County agencies practice and review procedures critical to keeping roads safe and clear during inclement winter weather.

BCEO crews will participate in classroom review, assembling their trucks, and performing dry runs of their snow plow routes on Wednesday. They will be joined on Thursday by their fellow crew members from various Butler County cities and townships for the Snowfighters Truck Roadeo. This friendly competition allows crews to practice truck maneuvers through an obstacle course designed to simulate actual winter situations.

Calibration Cruise-In

A new component of winter preparations this year involves a Calibration Cruise-In, sponsored by the Southwest Ohio Branch of the American Public Works Association. This event is a hands-on demonstration on the proper calibration of several popular salt spreader control systems. It is designed to help agencies maximize their budgets through precise and efficient calibrations.

Salt Supplies, Salt Contract

The BCEO will begin this winter season with 13,000 tons of salt stored in two barns, each with a capacity of 6,500 tons. This year the BCEO awarded its salt contract for the upcoming winter season back on April 23 to Cargill Deicing Technology which submitted a low bid of $74.19 per ton. This is a fixed rate so even if road salt is in high demand this winter, the BCEO is locked in at that price.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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