Winter costing more than just dollars

TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – The harsh winter has not only cut through area budgets, it also forced road crews to carve out more time to deal with its impact.

“It’s like a snowball effect,” says Trotwood Public Works Director Dalton Hines.

Workers in Trotwood spent Monday and Tuesday trying to catch up on things they put off, like a sanitary sewer repair on Mario Drive.

We asked Hines what the winter delayed so far.

“Typically, we wouldn’t have nearly as many utility patches,” Hines says. “We’d already be on street sweeping right now, as soon as the weather broke.  That’s going to have to wait a few weeks until we catch up on some other things.”

The winter meant more than just snow removal.

The city had twice as many water main breaks as usual and potholes have also been a problem.

Hines is asking for patience.

“It’s nice out now and it’s hard to remember everything was snow covered a week ago,” Hines says. “Give us time to react to these things and deal with them.”

While it’s short on time, the one thing the city does have enough of now is salt.

Earlier this winter, it had to pick up a load from West Virginia to keep from running out.

Now, the barn is as full as its been in months.

Thanks to a load from Montgomery County, Trotwood is ready for whatever this next storm brings.

“We’re definitely going to have enough salt to handle it,” Hines says.

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