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Salt supplies holding despite last week

Feb. 25, 2014

Village of Sussex and Town of Lisbon officials remain optimistic that they can survive the remainder of the winter with their existing supplies of road salt even though they had to deal out a double dose of it last week.

Village Administrator Jeremy Smith estimates he has about 500 tons of salt remaining. He anticipates that is enough salt for about a half dozens storms. A sufficient number, he estimates, to get through the remainder of the winter.

Since early in the year, the village has been rationing its salt by applying it only to intersections and on hills. Smith said the village has an adequate supply of salt because of the conservation measures

However, last week the village had to apply salt on both Wednesday evening and Thursday morning in order to keep the streets safe during fluctuating winter weather when their was a brief warming trend, followed by a mix of rain, sleet and snow, and a drop in temperatures below freezing that left streets very icy.

Smith said village road crews have tried to keep streets as clear of snow as possible which has reduced the need to use salt. However, he said by applying salt before and after the temperatures fluctuated the road crews where able to keep streets safe which resulted in a minimum number of complaints from village residents.

Town of Lisbon Public Works Director Joe Klemm said his crews had to salt some subdivision streets particularly in the Thousand Oaks, Woodland Oaks and Oakwood Road neighborhoods. He said salting was necessary because ponds that developed on the street when temperatures warmed turned to ice when temperatures dropped below freezing.

He said the problem can become particularly severe on streets where there are a lot of trees which create shade which interferes with the evaporation of the water on the street.

Klemm has also been rationing salt by limiting to intersections, hills and curves, until last week.

He said has about 300 tons of salt left and is anticipating getting through the month of February without a major snowstorm.

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Ninth Annual Oconomowoc Rotary Wine & Brew Fest: 5 p.m. Feb. 28, Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Rd, Oconomowoc. Wine, food and beer. Features foods from the best of our local restaurants. Purchase tickets at $50 from an O-Town Rotarian, through Facebook, or in person at most area First Bank Financial Centre locations, Books & Company & Lorleberg True Value Hardware. See more at www.oconomowocrotary.org. $50.

Chili Tasting: 11 a.m. Feb. 28, The Garden Mart, W297 S9115 Highway 83, Mukwonago. Chili tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local vendors will be selling unique merchandise. Judging is open to the public and all proceeds from voting will be donated to the Mukwonago Food Pantry. Event is free. Call (262) 363-5252 for information.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash Literacy Event: 10 a.m. Feb. 28, Hartland North Elementary, 232 Church Street, Hartland. Families with children in 4-year old kindergarten through second grade are invited to a special event. The Cat in the Hat and the Lorax will celebrate with a big birthday cake for all of our guests along with lots of literacy activities based around Dr. Seuss books.

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