Reporting Sean Adams
CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – With storm after storm after storm, towns across the Tri-State are taking one beating after another with salt supplies low and machinery getting used everyday.
Clarkstown, however, is pulling through this winter despite the obstacles.
The New York town just received a much-needed delivery of salt, and it was just in time, Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard said.
The town’s 60-foot-tall salt shed was only 1/5 full as of this past week, but Ballard said it’s not always the salt inventory that creates a problem.
“The shortage is actually in the trucking. It’s not the amount that’s down in Newark. The same trucks that they use to move the salt are the same trucks that get outsourced to do snow plowing,” Ballard said.
With all the winter weather, mechanics are putting in late hours thanks to overuse in the equipment.
“The equipment’s starting to take a beating,” Ballard said.
With all the snow, pressure is mounting on where to put it and how to pay for it.
“We’re actually trucking it to one of our recreational parks, and make it a big mountain over there,” Ballard said. “We do have some contingency funds that I feel will be sufficient to make it.”
Despite all the hardships, Ballard said his highway guys remain focused and on task. Halfway through the winter, they see the light at the end of the tunnel, but they know there are potholes waiting there.