Community shops prepare for winter
By Edna Sailor
Everyone in North Dakota listens intently to what the weather will bring. It really does matter what the weatherman says especially when it comes to city shops. They must have equipment and supplies ready to roll for the ice and snow that complicates road conditions for drivers.
At the Public Works shop in New Town, Daryl Lyson, City Coordinator and his twelve employees have been getting equipment ready for some time now. With the sudden onset of winter, it is a good thing. If winter whistles through western North Dakota like it has in the past, Lyson will likely use six semi loads of sand treated with salt for roadways. A stockpile is already in place on a city lot close to his office. But it will not last all winter. He likes to buy sand locally to ensure he can get supplies here within two days notice.
Lyson is confident the city has adequate equipment in proper working condition for this winter. He has spent much time the past two years working on that goal. He is vigilant about repairs and maintenance and has also encouraged his staff to operate for preparedness. Last week they repaired the electrical system to the large front end loader.