The city of Wilmington owns two snowplows and two salt-sand spreaders that can be attached to the back of a truck, spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said.
The city also has three tanks that put out a liquid-salt mixture, she said.
“The city generally works cooperatively with the N.C. Department of Transportation during a snow event, determining who will be salting and plowing what roads so there is not duplication,” Talbert said.
N.C. DOT operates the majority of snow-removal equipment in the area, she added.
The cost to taxpayers to maintain snowplows in Wilmington is minimal, Talbert said.
“The snowplows require very little maintenance due to low usage and the fact they don’t have a lot of wearable moving parts,” Talbert said.
The initial cost of each plow was $8,300, installed. The plows have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years. The amortized cost over 15 years equals $553 per year, Talbert said.
“There is some cost associated with purchasing salt or brine, but that gets more to operational costs than maintenance,” she said.
To date this season, the city of Wilmington has purchased 30 tons of salt, at a cost of $83.50 per ton. The city also purchased 90 cubic yards of sand at a cost of $4 per yard.
Date posted: January 15, 2011
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