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City of Geneva Wins Snowfighting Award

The City of Geneva has won a 2013 Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award from the Salt Institute for excellence in environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt.

The award comes at a time when Geneva continues to battle Mother Nature, which has dropped more than 44 inches of snow during 32 different weather events this winter season. 

For comparison, the City has averaged about 22 inches by the start of February the past several years. Plow operators have used more than 3,000 tons of salt throughout the winter season to help keep Geneva’s 244 lane miles safe for motorists.

Geneva earned high marks on the Salt Institute’s checklist that graded safety and service, equipment, materials usage, snow plowing performance, tactical operations before and during a storm, storage and safety, and environmental measures.

“The Geneva Public Works Department is honored to be named as one of only 90 municipalities in the United States and Canada to receive this award,” Streets Superintendent Chris Bong said. “Everyone here works very hard to provide the safest possible roads while also being mindful of costs and environmentally conscious.”

About 17 million tons of deicing salt is applied to roadways across the country each year. Keeping roads clear of snow and ice not only makes driving safer but also benefits the local economy by maintaining access to major commercial districts.

“The familiar sight of trucks spreading salt on icy winter roads gives motorists reassurance, as it should,” Salt Institute President Lori Roman said. “If that salt was stored in and spread by an agency honored with a Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award, motorists have the added assurance of knowing the utmost care has been taken to protect public safety and the environment.”

Having enough road salt on hand before storms hit requires advance planning and facilities that provide safe and efficient storage, according to the Salt Institute. The winning communities must also display proper maintenance and good housekeeping practices.

The Salt Institute is a non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the many benefits of salt, particularly to ensure winter roadway safety, quality water and healthy nutrition. For more information, visit the group’s website at www.saltinstitute.org.

Source: City of Geneva press release

Colin C. February 07, 2014 at 09:32 AM
It's being a tough year for the people in the Public Works Dept. but they are doing a great job. Thank you.
Dave Atkinson February 09, 2014 at 03:08 PM
They must have only focused on the neighborhoods east of Randall. Snow removal in fisher farms continues to be poor
Jeff Ward February 09, 2014 at 08:10 PM
Please note that this award is for effective salt storage, not for the actual snow removal which has been mediocre at best.
Beth Willadsen February 10, 2014 at 08:37 AM
All due respect to the city workers, they work hard and it's been darn cold! But this award is from the salt people for handling the salt in an environmentally safe manner -- which means not using it. My street is consistently a sheet of ice from cross street to cross street. The main roads are clear, but my neighborhood is a mess. Yet, two blocks north, in St. Charles, the streets are perfectly clear, and there is little or no accumulation. They seem to treat their streets BEFORE the snowfall, so why doesn't Geneva use this method?
Lorr Ochsner February 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM
I notice a big difference when I cross into Geneva. The streets are much cleaner and safer. I stand with my first statement, Great Job and Thank you !

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