Despite a warmer November, December and the early part of January featured some snow and then bone-chilling temperatures.
While it is anyone’s guess what the rest of winter has in store for the area, local cities and townships are ready for whatever Mother Nature throws this way.
This winter, North Canton will have 28 trucks on the road battling snow and ice. North Canton is known for having clear streets following snow events and the city hopes to do the same again this year.
North Canton City Administrator Patrick DeOrio said this year the city purchased one new truck for snow removal. The city did not purchase any salt this year because of having plenty left from last winter's mild season.
The city didn’t make any changes to the snow removal process for this year.
Jackson will run 16 large trucks along with several smaller trucks for the fire stations, township offices and parks when snow blankets the roads this winter. The township is putting brine down in certain trouble locations prior to storms. All the big plow trucks have computer controlled systems for salt distribution.
Two new trucks were purchased this year to replace the oldest two trucks on the fleet.
Jackson Township Public Works Director Ralph Boger said the township starts with full bins of salt and plans to possibly order up to 7,000 tons at $54.87 per ton depending on the severity of the winter.
"The routes are adjusted for length and previewed for problems by the route drivers prior to the storm season and reflective stakes placed along the troublesome road edge locations," Boger said. "The callouts of the drivers is computerized and brought to our overnight and weekend attention by surveillance of slippery conditions by the 24-hour Police Department."
He encourages motorists to drive safely during the snow and remove parked cars and basketball hoops from the streets before the snow flies.
In Plain Township, 11 trucks will maintaining 175 miles of road throughout the township during snow and ice events. This year, one new plow truck was purchased and the township is in the process of building a brine tanker truck.
This year, 2,000 tons of salt was purchased.
"During times when plowing is needed we have hired three part-time personnel to come in and assist our full-time drivers," Plain Township Highway Superintendent Joe Iacino said. "This will add three plow trucks to our fleet on the road. We also will have pickup trucks with plows assisting these drivers by management personnel."
Throughout District 4, the state will have 145 trucks on the road with 25 of those in Summit County, 23 in Stark County and 22 in Portage County.
ODOT purchased several new snowplow trucks to replace older ones, which is done on an annual basis. Within the district, 82,000 tons of salt was purchased. The price varied per county but was generally between $35 and $37 per ton.
Public Information Officer for ODOT District 4 Justin Chesnic said when the temperature dips below 20 degrees, salt starts to become less effective and ODOT begins using beet juice and calcium.
"Please give our plows room to clear the roads, its best to stay behind them during a storm," Chesnic said. "Also be careful around plow trucks since they make sudden stops and turns."
He also reminds motorists to visit www.ohgo.com to check cameras, winter road conditions and traffic speeds.