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Some Roads Still Icy After Darke County Cancels Snow Emergency
DARKE COUNTY -- Darke County lifted their Level One snow emergency Wednesday morning but some of the roads are still iced over. Almost an inch of snow fell Tuesday onto the roads of Darke County.
"The snow was drifting over from the field and that was treacherous, trying to drive through because you couldn't see the road," said driver Nicole Chaney.
She says she gets used to seeing uncleared roads.
"There are times when it's treacherous, there are times when you look at it and wondering if it's even been plowed off and there's times where you just go with it," she said.
"There's three different jurisdictions: there's the state, there's the county, and there's the township. We are responsible for the county road which is 521 miles throughout the county. The state is responsible for about 250 miles," said Darke County Engineer Jim Surber.
He says because of a mild winter at the beginning of the year, they have only hit 60 percent of their $186,000 plow budget.
But it's a different story when it comes to the townships.
"They've been under a budget crunch over the last couple years because they've lost some of their government funding from Columbus," he said.
According to the Ohio Township Association Board Director Ed Huff Jr., most townships can't afford to put salt on the roads. They use a dirt mix and even then, only put it on intersections, curbs and railroad tracks. That's why many roads still are uncleared.
"Thirty-five percent of state population lives in townships but only 2.5 percent of budget goes to us," said Huff.
"They use less salt and less grits so they take more time in these freezing temperatures for them to become clear," said Darke County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker. "But they are passable as long as everyone drives slowly and takes the road conditions into consideration."
Whittaker says some counties resort to putting levies on the ballot so taxpayers can pay more to have clear roads faster. Of course, those don't always pass.
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