In November 2008, City Council adopted a Sensible Salting Resolution to ensure a
cleaner environment and reduce salt usage to the point where the City would
realize noticeable cost savings. The Resolution adopted by City Council was
introduced by the Cuyahoga County Service Directors Association and most Cities
throughout the County have adopted very similar Resolutions.
So What Is Sensible Salting?
Sensible Salting Practices lead to a 30% reduction in salt usage and help to
keep our environment clean. Sensible Salting Practices include the following six
policies used by the South Euclid Service Department:
Limited Salting During the Late Evening/Early Morning Hours: From
11:00 p.m.- 4:00 a.m. very limited salting will take place, as salting is not
effective due to low traffic volumes. The goal of the Service Department during
this time is to ensure passable roads, which means only intersections, hills,
curves, and bridges will be salted. Beginning at 4:00 a.m., the Service
Department prepares the roads for rush hour.
Salting During Snow Events: During
periods of 1’ inch per hour snowfall or greater, main roads will be plowed as
frequently as possible. These roads will also be salted at intersections, hills,
curves, bridges, and school zones. “Spot Salting” will also be utilized which
means roads will be salted at 150 ft. intervals to allow the salt to be
effectively spread around.
Limited Salting on Secondary Roads: Secondary
Roads (side streets) will be plowed as often as possible, but will only be
salted at intersections, bridges, hills, curves, and school zones for 200 ft.
intervals. Spot Salting will also be used when necessary.
Training of Employees and Communication of this Policy: The
Service Director is responsible for ensuring all employees understand and follow
Sensible Salting Practices.
Calibration of Equipment: All
equipment will be calibrated to ensure the Sensible Salting Practices are
Investigation of Alternative Products: The
Service Director will continue to investigate, purchase, and utilize other
alternative products such as brine and other enhanced deicers.
When conditions warrant, such as those found during and after an ice storm, the
City has the ability to salt as necessary, as Safety of the Residents and
Visitors of South Euclid remains the Number One Priority.
For more information on the Sensible Salting Practices, please contact the
Service Department at (216) 381-0402.