Canton snow plow crews were out in full force on Wednesday afternoon. Service Director Warren Price said that the city is using every plow truck at its disposal to clear streets.
City Hall was still open as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Service Director Warren Price, who also serves as the mayor’s chief of staff, said he knew of no plans to close City Hall at 218 Cleveland Ave. SW in downtown Canton.
The building usually closes at 4:30 p.m.
Snow plowing was in full effect, Price said.
“We basically have every piece of equipment out that we can,” he said about 1:15 p.m. “Street conditions, even on our major arteries, are poor to be honest.”
“We anticipate it’s really going to kick in and we anticipate an inch an hour or more,” Price said of the waves of snow. “We’ll be doing everything we can possibly do, but given the conditions, if folks don’t have to travel it’s probably a good idea to stay indoors.”
A total of 23 trucks were working on city streets Wednesday afternoon, Price said.
“Given the weather forecast, we will probably be fully staffed well into tomorrow,” he said, adding that the day shift is expected to start at 3 a.m. Thursday.
“It’s going to be a long 24 to 36 hours for our crews,” Price said, noting that 12-hour shifts will not be unusual.
After 3 p.m. Wednesday, the city will start to incur overtime expenses for snow plowing, he said.
The city has plenty of road salt, Price said. Most winters, the city uses about 15,000 tons; last year the city used about 6,000, which created a reserve for this winter.