Pass the salt: Norwalk gets a fair shake from state

Those were the days: Norwalk Department of Public Works snowplows sit in the yard at 30 South Smith St. with nary a hint of snow.

NORWALK, Conn. – The salt is on the way even though Norwalk’s stash has not run dry, Norwalk Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord said Friday.

Warm temperatures and sunshine Friday kept DPW from using up its sparse supply of salt as plow drivers worked to clean up the city, Alvord said. Norwalk will be getting an additional 150-200 tons from a shipment sent to the state, thanks to action taken by Gov. Dannel Malloy in response to a widespread shortage of salt across Connecticut.

Malloy said at a Friday press conference that the state’s stockpile is enough for two storms and officials had decided to share a 30,000-ton delivery with municipalities in need, according to Christine Stuart of CTNewJunkie.

Malloy also announced that he has submitted a modified emergency disaster declaration to President Barack Obama to allow an increase in vehicle weight limits on the transportation of salt, a press release from the governor’s office said.  This provision expands on the official disaster declaration Malloy requested Thursday night from Obama to address a potential municipal salt shortage. The request would permit the Connecticut Department of Transportation to authorize a temporary gross vehicle weight increase and, in turn, allow the agency to provide expedited emergency assistance to the state’s municipalities and tribal nations’ most in need of road salt.

Norwalk had about 356 tons before the storm started, Avlord said.  On Friday afternoon he guessed there was about 250 tons of salt left. Norwalk will get the additional boost through “the New Haven gateway” established by Malloy, he said.

Expect a special appropriation to be made this spring to cover the costs of the snowy winter, he said. He’s “fairly certain” that will be needed to pay for salt, he said. The department is “there” as far as the budget line for overtime goes as well, he said.

This was the 14th storm of the season, he said.

Of course, by the time you read this, it may well be snowing again.


2 responses to “Pass the salt: Norwalk gets a fair shake from state”

  1. LWitherspoon

    Love the last line, particularly since it’s snowing again.
    Salt from the state is nice, but what we really need is more ECS funding. While I’ve been vocal in my disappointment with Warren Pena and David Watts for using our tax dollars to curry favor with Unions, I’m glad they’re making this an issue in their primary campaigns against Duff, Morris, and Perone.

  2. EveT

    Does anyone know which retailers in town have calcium chloride for sale? I’ve called around and every place I’ve asked says they are all out of it.

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