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Jackson clears streets following snowfall

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Although the Jan. 14-15 snowfall amounted to only about an inch, Jackson city crews put forth a great effort to clear city streets so residents could travel safely.

The roads were not pretreated because temperatures have been so cold (just above zero degrees) that the pretreatment would not melt the snow.

What does it take to clear Jackson’s city streets (not counting the state highways, which are plowed by Mo-DOT)? Public Works Director Janet Sanders gave a report to the Jackson Mayor and Board of Aldermen Jan. 16.

Snowplows hit the city streets about 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, and continued to work for six and half hours.

On Monday, Jan. 15, the plows began bright and early and continued for 12 hours.

There were 10 snowplows in all, including a full street crew (eight) plus one additional driver from the wastewater department and one from the sanitation department.

The plows dropped 171 tons of salt and 173 tons of cinders mixed with gravel.

Jackson had a stockpile of 400 tons of salt for the year.

The cinders, which once came from the power plant on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University (before the plant was shut down), now come from the power plant in Sikeston.

Last week, Jackson’s only street sweeper, which is operated by Mike Dougan, began the job of sweeping up the cinders and gravel that remained on the dry pavement, so they could be reused the next time a winter storm hits.

“Our streets are in very good shape,” Sanders was able to report Tuesday evening.

“They did a nice job,” agreed Alderman Joe Bob Baker.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at cashbook@mvp.net.

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