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Trendsetters: Mothers of invention
Four readers who have tweaked tools and equipment to get more done with less.
Credit: Frank Aiello Studios
Kenny Kraus and his salt-brine truck (salt-brine tanks can be seen in the background). Salt brine delays the formation of frost and ice on pavement, making snow removal easier. It also allows public works crews to use less rock salt during a typical winter, minimizing cost as well as the amount of salt entering storm drains, brooks, streams, and eventually reservoirs.
When Ken Kraus, a foreman with New Jersey’s Borough of Tenafly, stopped to investigate a truck watering a road in 2009, he discovered a real-life anti-icing demonstration. Salt brine, a simple mixture of sodium chloride and water, keeps snow from adhering to and ice from forming on pavement during the critical first hours of a winter storm.
“We thought, ‘How can we do this cheaper?’” says Kraus. He and fellow foremen Randy Blauvelt, Mark Schmidt, and Greg Zaremba answered the challenge by inventing a system.
They called in favors from everyone they knew, including the owner of a tree care company who donated used 250-gallon plastic storage tanks. They used PVC pipe left over from various projects, valves found at the borough’s recycling center, a decommissioned fire hose, and a pool pump salvaged from a local home being demolished.
For the delivery system, they installed two tanks in a flatbed truck public works had been using to haul debris during warmer months. To save even more money, they decided to rely on gravity instead of a sprayer to disperse the solution.
New Building and Location
“Due to problems with the existing D.P.W. building we need to relocate and build a new facility. I am looking for any information from our members that have a newer facility that they have built such as a Butler type of building so that we may come and visit them to get ideas for our new building that we are going to be putting up this summer. Members that can give us info can reach me at 973-835-1465. Thanks”
Benjamin Steltzer C.P.W.M.
Letter to the Association Members Regarding Region IV Inactivity
Paul L McCall, CPWM President issues letter regarding Region IV Inactivity