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Geneva wins snowfighting award

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 4:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 10:33 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva announced in a news release Wednesday that its environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt has earned the city a 2013 Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award.

Geneva earned high marks on the Salt Institute’s checklist that graded safety and service, equipment, materials usage, snow plowing performance, tactical operations before and during a storm, storage and safety, and environmental measures, according to the release.

"The Geneva Public Works Department is honored to be named as one of only 90 municipalities in the United States and Canada to receive this award," Streets Superintendent Chris Bong said in the release.

"Everyone here works very hard to provide the safest possible roads while also being mindful of costs and environmentally conscious."

The Salt Institute is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to advancing the benefits of salt, particularly to ensure winter roadway safety, quality water and healthy nutrition.

According to the institute, having enough road salt on hand before storms hit requires advance planning and facilities that provide safe and efficient storage.

"The familiar sight of trucks spreading salt on icy winter roads gives motorists reassurance, as it should," Salt Institute President Lori Roman said in the release.

"If that salt was stored in and spread by an agency honored with a Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award, motorists have the added assurance of knowing the utmost care has been taken to protect public safety and the environment."

Geneva's award comes during a winter that has dropped more than 44 inches of snow. Plow operators have used more than 3,000 tons of salt to keep the city's 244 lane miles safe.

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