Chester’s supply of salt is dwindling

CHESTER – With more snow having been predicted overnight and into this morning, snow removal dominated the discussion at Monday’s Chester City Council meeting.

Street Superintendent Steve Shuman, who also sits on council, said his salt supply is getting low and needs to be replenished.

“We can’t get any,” he said. “All I’m salting is the hills.”

At the Feb. 3 council meeting, Shuman said he had about 30 tons left – enough for “a couple more storms.”

“We’re not the only ones in trouble,” Mayor Ken Morris said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through 1 p.m. today, predicting snow and sleet accumulations of 2 to 4 inches.

Shuman said he’s also going to stop plowing in front of businesses on Carolina Avenue (state Route 2) because of complaints he’s received about the snow ending up on the sidewalk.

Because Carolina Avenue is a state route, the state Division of Highways is responsible for keeping it clear, but Shuman said he plows sections when he is able – if he is on his way from one end of town to another.

“Am I not supposed to plow in front of businesses?” he said.

Shuman also thanked a group of residents who recently helped clear downtown sidewalks of accumulated snow.

“You’ve got to use common sense where you put it,” Morris said.

Councilman Brian Handley, who also is secretary of the Chester Volunteer Fire Department, said he is concerned about fire hydrants being buried in snow. He asked residents to either clear snow away from hydrants or contact the fire department to do it.

“We need to make sure these things are uncovered,” Morris said.

In other business, council:

Approved the hiring of Gator Enterprise, of Parkersburg, for on-site shredding services. The company will charge $30 for fuel and $10 per box of material. The city has 25 to 30 boxes of obsolete paperwork that needs to be shredded, Morris said. Gator Enterprise was the lowest of three bidders.

Learned that an $8,000 state grant for Chester Municipal Building renovations is set to expire and will need to be extended. Councilman Mike Dotson said he would like to solicit bids for improvements to the city building front entrance.

Asked downtown businesswoman Mary Lawrence to research options for street light Christmas decorations for next year.

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