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The Suburbanite
  • North Canton workers will plow streets as long as snow is falling

  • Like other Stark cities, North Canton city workers battled the constantly falling snow Wednesday during the first snowstorm of the season.

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  • With several more inches of snow expected to hit the area late this afternoon and this evening, Mayor David Held said 21 city employees will plow as long as the snow is coming down.
    The workers are using nine large plow trucks and 12 standard pickup trucks to remove snow and apply salt. Their first priorities are the city’s steep hills such as Maple Street and Glenwood Drive while side streets will be salted less frequently to conserve salt.
    “We’re keeping up with it,” said Held. “The whole thing is staying ahead of it. ... it’s bad out there. ... we’re expecting another round here tonight and after midnight tonight.”
    Held said city offices would stay open until their regular closing time of 4:30 p.m.
    He said it was too early to say how much in overtime costs the city would incur for the snow removal effort.
    The mayor said luckily the rate for salt declined from $51 a ton last winter to $37 a ton this winter. It takes 110 tons of salt to cover the city once. The city has about 4,000 tons of salt in its new, substantially larger storage facility near Whipple Avenue and Applegrove Street NW.
    While two vehicles involved in an apparent fender bender were seen stopped around noon by a police cruiser on South Main Street near Everhard Road SW, Held said there has been no unusual number of accidents.