Salt supply shortage in Clinton

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Plow trucks in Clinton are loading up with sand and salt. They have plenty of sand, but Clinton’s First Selectman Willy Fritz says that the salt is running low.

“Talking with our director, this is two good-sized storms (worth of salt), maybe three at the most,” he said.

But, since the storms keep coming, plow drivers like Devin Kelly have to keep spreading the sand and salt on all of Clinton’s windy, hilly roads.

“These little storms take as much as the big storms. You have to salt the roads, sand the roads, regardless of how much snow you have, you’re pretty much using the same amount,” said Fritz.

Fortunately, Clinton built a new, bigger salt shed that they filled up at the beginning of the season; otherwise they would have run out of supplies already. Unfortunately, Clinton already ran out of money in the snow removal budget.

In addition to the cost of everything that goes in to the back of the truck, Clinton also has to think about the cost of maintaining and repairing all of the trucks that go out in these storms.

“We run a $150,000 repair and maintenance budget for the department and we’ve already over-expended that,” said Fritz.

One person was shoveling sand out of a truck, because the sander mechanism broke. Two other trucks were in the shop as well.

“Luckily, my truck is pretty reliable. I did not have to worry about that,” said Kelly.

Devin spent the morning making sure that the roads were passable for school buses, using more precious salt, because the roads have be safe no matter what.

“You can’t do without; you just have to figure out a way to keep doing it,” said Fritz.

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