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Massive road salt pile a reminder of mild winter
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MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- In 2014, the massive road salt pile staged at the Verplank Dock in downtown Muskegon was completely diminished.  This year, the 200,000-pound pile is not going anywhere fast. It's just another sign of the unusually mild winter.

It's perfect conditions for the Muskegon County Road Commission to get a jump on spring projects like removing trees and trimming back limbs. That's what work crews were doing Thursday along Dangl and Sternberg roads in Fruitport Township.

Road commission supervisor Eric Scott says the mild weather is also a time to do vehicle and equipment maintenance.  

So far this winter the road commission has used less than 2,000 tons of road salt, Scott said. "We are less than half of what we used last year at this point."

At the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, managers need snow.  Manager Jim Rudicil's new catch phrase is "double up to catch up."

He hopes the lake effect snow machine works overtime the rest of this month and next. The park's cross country ski trails are open.
The two-acre ice skating rink may open soon.  The big adrenaline attraction is the luge track.  It needs more snow and cold temperatures, but Rudicil hopes it may open next week.   

Thursday, the park was mentioned in an article in in the Chicago Tribune.  "We are excited about the coverage that they gave us and the extent of the coverage," Rudicil said.  More snow and cold temperatures would allow the not for profit park can take advantage of the phone calls and web site visits the article is generating.


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