Salt supply sufficient for storm, OT adding up

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Street Department has enough salt for another winter blast.

Foreman Tom Sakmar confirmed that 1,500 tons were recently delivered.

This latest storm will mostly likely add to the mounting potholes across the city. Crews are coming in four hours early and staying late to tackle the growing problem.

“We got a lot of the main road done, but we’re still working on them,” said Sakmar. “We’re doing some side streets, but there is still a lot to be done and with the conditions now, it is probably going to get bad again.”

Sakmar said the department has gone through more than 492 tons of cold mix to repair the roads.

Another concern across many municipalities is the overtime costs.

About $147,000 has been spent on overtime since Jan. 1 in the city of Youngstown. That is about one third of the city’s total overtime budget for the year. Most of the costs were incurred with plowing and filling potholes.

The Mahoning County Engineer’s Office has spent about $100,000 to maintain roadways. That’s well over half of the department’s overtime budget.

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