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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