Poland Township's Road Department is in good shape to handle the roads through the rest of the winter months according to township administrator Jim Scharville. Scharville said there is a decent supply of salt.
"We presently have 700 tons of salt in storage," Scharville said on Jan. 30. "We have another 400 tons on order that should be plenty."
According to Scharville, the first storm in December was a different story. The township ran short on salt, not because salt was not available, but do to the fact the transport trucks couldn't get it to the township fast enough on the snow covered roadways.
The supply has been replenished and the township will be able to handle the roughly 53 miles of roadway under its jurisdiction. Scharville said the road crew does a great job keeping township roads clear, but motorists should be aware that the state and county have a good share of roadway in the township as well. He said Western Reserve, Struthers, Dobbins, Clingan and New Castle roads are all under the county road crews when it comes to snow removal.
Occasionally, the township will get a call on one of those roads, Scharville said, but those who live on those roads know the township doesn't handle the snow removal. He said no matter the jurisdiction, motorists need to be patient and give crews time to clear the roads when heavy snow arrives, whether it be state, county or township.
"Residents need to be patient when we get a lot of snow," Scharville said. "The cul-de-sacs are the hardest to clear."
He said cul-de-sacs don't have a good area to push snow and present the township's biggest challenge. Often, the only way to clear the road is to haul the snow out.