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Preparing for winter weather

Monroe County, N.Y. - Tonight could be the first night snow plows hit the roads to begin salting.

Last year, many salt barns were full with salt from the 2011 season, this year that's not the case.

The Town of Henrietta started filling their salt barn in August.

I certainly don't want to be the one in the first snow season looking for it, I'd rather be looking at it than looking for it, said Henrietta Commissioner of Public Works Craig Eckert. We have about 3500 ton on hand.

It takes a lot of manpower and a lot of salt to get through a western New York winter.

The Town of Greece uses around 14,000 tons in an average year, the city of Rochester can use over 20 tons. Last year, Perinton used 5,500 tons.

Last year the town of Penfield started with over 40-percent of the salt from the 2011 season.
This year the salt barn is full and theyre ready for winter.

We're ready to go all of our equipment's on we got trucks that have salters on, we've got trucks sitting in the garage today that actually have salt in the spreaders and we have our dispatchers on who are on now until early march end of April depending on weather, said Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain.

While Friday could be the first big snowfall, some towns were already out a couple of weeks ago making sure bridges were safe for drivers.

 
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