Stephenville’s salt and sand stockpile low

Frank Gale
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Driving a skid steer loader, an operator with the Stephenville public works department back pulls some snow from the pathway on a bridge on Carolina Avenue Wednesday afternoon. — Star photo by Frank Gale

Mayor Tom O’Brien said he is hoping the remaining stock of sand and salt mixture will be enough for the Town of Stephenville’s public works department to complete this winter season.

The winter has been longer and colder than most in recent memory and, like most towns, it’s cut into the stockpile of material for spreading on the roads.

But O’Brien is confident the town will make it through, and is hoping for the cold weather to break soon.

Ted Gracie said the public works department has been fortunate this week in that there have been no waterline freeze-ups in the mains under the streets, but crews did have two such issues to contend with several weeks ago.

This week four property owners in the town have reported water lines freezing up.

Gracie said there could be even more, since some property owners contact a plumbing service instead of the town.

The frigid weather is expected to continue today, but the temperatures will start to rise Friday. O’Brien is welcoming that warming trend, which is supposed to continue into the weekend.

If the town doesn’t experience a deluge of snow in the next while, Gracie said the public works equipment would be used to push back snow from the sides of the roads and near intersections where vision is blocked.

Geographic location: Stephenville

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