The county spread 18,000 gallons of their own brine Monday ahead of an expected snow. While the weather took a turn for the better, the test run was still judged a success.
The first snow of the season turned out to be less of a snow, more of a wet mess – but the winter weather “event” still gave the county an opportunity to test its new brine making equipment with “better than expected” results.
“It went extremely well,” said Pickens Commission Chair Rob Jones. “Much better than expected.”
In just four hours on Monday morning, crews put down 18,000 gallons of brine on dozens of the busiest county roads. They started treatment on school property, the hospital, county buildings, and moved on to
“Three walls and roof” shelter, water required
by law says shelter director
Last weekend a resident of the Hinton area was alarmed after spotting a dog in a kennel with no shelter from the driving rains and then frigid temps. The animal lover called the Progress on Monday after seeing the dog remain in the open kennel over the nasty three-day weekend.
“There was no cover. No dog house, just a five-gallon bucket [likely for water]. The dog is probably dead by now,” the man said on January 21st. “Something needs to be done.”
After not getting a weekend response from the animal shelter, the man called and then went to the jail. Deputies went to the house to check on the dog but found no one home and could not make contact with the owners.
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Damon Howell / Photo
The county was busy last Wednesday morning mixing the first batch of brine with their newly-installed equipment. The system will allow the county to produce their own salt solution in-house, which means they can make as much as they need to treat Pickens County roads before storms hit. In years past, brine would be trucked in from other counties— causing roads to ice over before it could be delivered. Director of Utilities Phillip Dean (pictured) said the new equipment makes it possible to get a jump on predicted storms as soon as they hit Alabama.
Craig named citizen of the year (l-r): Chamber Director Amberle Godfrey, Sheriff Donnie Craig with wife, Tina, and children, Ashley and Tyler at the Chamber’s Winter Ball Saturday at the Tate House.
Sheriff Donnie Craig was named the Pickens Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year at the business group’s Winter Ball Saturday at the Tate House. Bojangles won Business of the Year and Michelle Logan was named as the group’s Ambassador of the Year.
By Destini C. Shope, Director of Community Engagement & Public Relations
Have you noticed the 30,000 pound, 40 foot object with flashing lights throughout the county? If you have driven around the county in the early mornings or afternoons, then you have most likely encountered this monstrosity of a vehicle carrying our children – it’s a school bus. In Pickens County, school buses transport nearly 3,000 students each day and drive over 12,000 miles daily. PCSD drivers and monitors have over 981 years of service combined. We are fortunate to have such devoted drivers.
Being a school bus driver doesn’t go without its challenges, but at the forefront of every drivers