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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 07/25/12
WT brine application not
up to previous standards
by KIMBERLY SCHERERThe county's second dust control application in Washington Township left residents and township officials alike with many complaints.
Observer Special Writer
"It was horrendous," Supervisor Dan O'Leary said during a July 18 Board of Trustees meeting of the brine application.
Within two hours of the application the road was once again dusty, O'Leary said.
"I've been told by everyone that the quality has gone down," he said.
The county switched dust control providers and have since noticed a decline in the effectiveness of the solution.
"Allegedly, they're about the same mixture," O'Leary said of the brine mixture.
He said part of the problem is how the brine is applied. Instead of the truck applying it in two passes, on each side of the road, they're instead driving down the center of the road and taking only one pass.
O'Leary said he approached the county and asked if they would experiment with their mixture to which the county responded they would, but at the full cost of the township. Currently, the county pays for two applications and the township picks up the tab on another three.
Washington uses its own dust control provider, Eisenhardt, and said they have far less complaints when they apply the brine versus when the county's contractor does.
O'Leary said he would like to try a few things with the three applications they have with Eisenhardt and decided to add to the amount of gallons that are applied. This will cost an extra $700 per application.
This application will be sprayed at the end of the month. Depending on how this application turns out, O'Leary said they could look into applying chloride instead to see how well that works. Chloride is about five times the price of the brine mixture.