Pitt Co. Snow Removal Budget, Salt Supply Low- 2 Months of Winter To Go

Eastern Carolina has seen its fair share of snow and ice this year, with 2 more months of winter to go. Hilary Magacs spoke with Pitt County's Maintenance Engineer to see how much the county has spent on snow removal this winter, and where the county's salt supplies stand. County Maintenance Engineer Jeff Cabaniss says the county has already spent 80-percent of what it spent on snow and ice removal during the last winter season.

Cabaniss says Pitt county normally uses about 600 tons of salt each winter, but this year depleted that supply and had to bring in 200 tons of salt from neighboring counties. On top of that, another 400 tons of salt were ordered and should arrive in the next couple of weeks. Cabaniss says snow removal this season has cost about 200-thousand dollars. That's 80 percent of what was spent all of last season.

"We've still got half of January and February to go - so crossing our fingers and hoping we can get more liquid snow than the white fluffy stuff," said Cabaniss.

He says if the state spends more on salt and snow removal than it budgeted this year, it could affect the amount of DOT funds allotted to counties next year.

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  • by salty Location: obx on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM
    The DOT needs to go to the ocean and get all the salt water they need.
  • by Toni Location: Havelcok on Jan 21, 2011 at 07:20 AM
    Brandon, Thanks for the heads up, Looking forward to your updates.
  • by Brandon Location: ENC on Jan 20, 2011 at 02:21 PM
    Hey guys! Just looked at global models and I see no warm up. In fact I see the airmass getting colder through mid-February AND to top it off, a potential blockbuster winter storm January 30th through February 3rd! Stay Tuned!
  • by Jack Location: pitt county on Jan 19, 2011 at 08:59 PM
    Maybe if they wouldn't put the stuff out three days before it snows we wouldn't be in this position. Gee's
  • by wah wah on Jan 19, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    why are they complaining this year? last year was a lot worse as far as snow events and ice. Put you big girl panties on and deal with it Greenville.
  • by Lions & Tigers & Bears on Jan 19, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    Oh My! I'm so worried! We can't handle another 3-6 inches. They'll be mass hysteria. Deaths by the thousands! Time will stop! Tidal waves, earthquakes, volcanoes! The toast will burn! Aliens invading!

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