Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — CAMBRIA — While other areas of Western New York and the country deal with road salt shortages due to this year's harsh winter weather, Cambria is in good shape, according to town Highway Superintendent Jon T. MacSwan.
The town has been able to conserve salt by curb salting roads in certain areas of the town.
"We've cut back on salting the subdivisions," MacSwan said. "This is actually our second year where we haven't done some of the subdivisions, and I haven't had one complaint. Probably a lot of people don't want the salt in front of their house."
People living in this area are used to wintry weather, which also helps, MacSwan said. Other areas around the country, such as Atlanta and New York City, aren't prepared for it.
"We get a foot of snow and the next day we don't even close school," he said. "Down there, they get a few inches and they're not used to it."
The town has had some issues receiving salt, MacSwan said. It comes from Ohio and is shipped by boat to the Buffalo Harbor over Lake Erie. The second shipment was not able to get through, due to the weather.
"The second load coming in got halfway through Lake Erie and couldn't make it," he said.
That load of salt ended up in Port Colborne, Ontario.
"If you see these Canadian trucks bringing salt in, that's actually the salt that was meant to go to the Buffalo Harbor," he said.
The reason for the shortage, MacSwan said, is that the mines can't keep up with demand, especially with the south seeing more winter weather this year.
"They're working around the clock to bring it up out of the ground," MacSwan said.
In other news, National Grid completed a conservation program at Cambria Town Hall, Supervisor Wright H. Ellis informed the board last week.
"Those of you who come here regularly will notice that the parking lot is much brighter than it was," he said, noting that energy saving lights were also installed in the town hall.
National Grid picks up 70 percent of the cost of the new lighting and installation, Ellis said.
"We expect to have the savings paid back in about a year's time," he said. "Then we'll be saving every day."Contact reporter Michael Canfield at 439-9222, ext. 6246 or follow him on Twitter @MikeCanfield36.