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Letter: Salt wasted after dusting

Last week, the weather forecast I saw called for dry conditions, with a temperature near 40. But early this morning, we had a brief unexpected snow squall that lasted for about an hour. Some flurries fell, and the snow nearly covered the pavement. But, just as quickly as it started, it stopped, and the sun came out to rapidly melt the thin wispy layer of flakes that remained. In less than 30 minutes, the streets were clear and completely dry, with no trace of the earlier flurries. So, imagine my surprise when a county truck sped down the streets of my neighborhood, liberally spreading salt on sunny, dry streets. The sun was shining brightly. The forecast called for above freezing temperatures. The streets were dry. I would like someone to explain the logic behind the decision to spread salt under these conditions. Didn't the driver realize he was wasting time and money? And how much did this cost the taxpayers?

Claude Hoerner

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Sykesville

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