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    Mar 2008

    Town using environment friendly material to salt roads

    Highway Superintendent Dan Amatura sent the Town Board the following communication letter to apprise them of a new deicing material he is using this year to salt the roads. The public should also be made aware of this product change to better judge it efficacy.

    To Honorable Town Board Members

    The Town of Lancaster Highway Department has been involved in an ice control program that utilizes an approach/product to keep the roads clear. The department has been using an environmentally friendly deicing liquid to treat their salt, called Magic Minus Zero, to prevent the snow and ice from freezing to the pavement.

    The principle is to apply the liquid pre-treated salt to the road surface not only when combating a storm, but on occasion before the storm arrives. The pro-active storm approach is called anti-icing and is being used successfully in other parts of the County and its use is growing rapidly across North America.

    The utilization of rock salt coated with a deicing solution allows for lesser applications of the material. The use of the product will help the department save money overall, cut down on accidents and is better for the environment. It has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency! Other benefits are: the lessening of corrosion on the infrastructure and vehicles that come in contact with the deicing material, as well as a far lower melting capacity than straight salt. Rock salt works to around 20 degrees; the treated salt goes below zero degrees.

    The purchase price of the deicing material is only 10-20 percent of the total cost of deicing each mile of road. The other major costs of regular labor, overtime, equipment, maintenance, insurance, fuel, etc. make up over 80 percent of the total cost of deicing each mile of road. So while the Magic Minus Zero purchase price adds a bit to the overall cost, the savings will more than offset the increase in purchase price through saving money on the bulk of the costs of deicing each mile of road. We are making decisions on the total cost of deicing the road versus just one minor input. And what price do you put on public safety with cleaner and safer roads.

    It is one more way that we are trying to “go green” in our town. The material we have selected is much less corrosive than salt (approximately that of rainwater), and less harmful to concrete, vegetation and animals. We are putting less harmful salts out into the environment around town and its waterways. It is the only deicer on the Federal Government’s “Design for Environment” go green designation, and on the NYS Snow and Ice Contract.

    Dan Amatura
    Highway Superintendent

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Lancaster, NY
    At least, there is one department head looking out for the taxpayer
    Last edited by gorja; December 17th, 2016 at 07:52 PM.

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    Jul 2009
    Excellent, this is an approach that explifies fiscal & environmental responsibility.

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