continued Plows place salt on the roads as they cover their routes on state highways and in the hamlet area. In the rest of the town a 50-50 mixture of salt and sand is used to save money, Parent said.
The reason the hamlet gets pure salt is because of storm drains that connect to the town wastewater treatment plant. If sand from streets were to reach the wastewater treatment plant, trustee Jeff Cook explained, it would require costly clean up and maintenance.
“It’s cheaper is use pure salt than to clean up the wastewater treatment plant,” Cook said.
A 6-inch snowstorm requires about 30 tons of salt for Ticonderoga’s roadways, Parent said. The town now has 500 tons on hand, the maximum amount it can store.
The Ticonderoga highway department has 10 people — Parent, a mechanic and eight workers. They all respond during storms. In the event of a major storm, the highway department can utilize workers from the town water and sewer departments as well as the transfer station.
Parent, who worked in the highway department for 35 years before becoming superintendent last year, said a major storm can stress his department.
“We understand it’s our job to do the very best we can at the least cost to taxpayers,” he said. “Believe me, we do a lot more with a lot less than we used to.”
When the village and town of Ticonderoga merged the combined highway department had 26 employees. Now there are nine.