Though the Township pays particular attention to weather forecasts in advance of storm events, the exact timing of the onset of an event is hard to pin down. In several cases, forecasted events haven’t even materialized. In many other cases, unanticipated or unforecasted problems arise. The bottom line is: forecasts are often unreliable in various ways.
In cases where forces are mobilized at off hours, there is frequently a delay between the onset of hazardous conditions and treatment of those conditions at every spot on every Township road. Motorists are advised to drive according to the conditions, even after treatment has begun.
Crew members called in or held over are entitled to a minimum amount of overtime whether or not they are utilized. Because of this, the Director of Public Works or Designee are careful to ensure that a need does or will exist before mobilizing forces to the degree deemed necessary.
Pretreating road surfaces with salt too far in advance of an anticipated event is generally not effective. First, because of the uncertainty of the timing and nature of the event, the salt treatment may have been unnecessary, or could be neutralized (e.g., blown off the road) during a protracted delay of the onset of frozen precipitation. It is usually more beneficial for road clearing efforts for the salt to be spread when and after it is clearly needed.