TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Winter is coming soon. When it does, the West Lafayette Street Department will be ready.
"It just helps, said West Lafayette Street, Superintendent Ben Anderson. “I mean it just gives us more peace of mind to be able to know we're going to get the job done."
Anderson said the department has added a few new weapons to its arsenal.
"We've added a couple of trucks with wing plows on there to allow us to do more with the personnel that we have,” said Anderson.
The department also welcomed a new 9,600 square foot garage in June. It holds twelve trucks and has a radiant heat floor system that will keep the trucks defrosted.
"This is five years in the making to get this building built,” said Anderson. “The same thing with the expansion as the city has grown we had outgrown the salt barn that was built in '94."
Attached to the new building is an automated brine maker.
"The brine maker and the ability to make brine faster than we can put it out is huge,” said Anderson. “We can put it out way faster than we can make it."
Anderson said it takes 12,000 gallons to pre-treat city streets. The brine maker makes 4,500 gallons in 30 minutes. This is compared to the 2,500 gallons they would make in a day.
"The ability to be able to stay up no matter what's happening outside,” said Anderson. “Again another small thing for us to alleviate stress."
The department is also the first in the state to own a multi-hog. A piece of equipment that will help the department service nearly 70 cul de sacs in the city.
"It'll do about seven different jobs for us,” said Anderson. “But it also has the capability of plowing snow as a snowblower for us if we ever get big snows. "We are here to serve and we enjoy doing that and eliminating small things that make it a little easier a little more comfortable a little bit less stressful."