Salt truck driver makes most of snowy conditions

Jeff Burhenn cleared and salted parking lots Friday.
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While the snowfall may not have been what many expected, that doesn't mean there wasn't a lot of work being done today by salt trucks.

You can make your own argument about which one is more important, but there is little doubt the salt truck was just what the doctor, or the motorists ordered today.

Jeff Burhenn slid behind the wheel for the start of his work day around 7 am. He will likely stay behind the wheel of his Circle City Outdoors salt truck through March.

"Just two days ago we finished a sprinkler installation," Burhenn observed.

For the other eight months of the year, he is in charge of the Lawn Irrigation Department.

"From the business point of view, snow removal is more profitable, so we hope for a lot of snow this year," he said.

So he salts from sun up to sun down - businesses and churches.

"Because of our commercial contracts, we put out a lot of salt. Even if it gets below freezing, just so they can prevent slip and fall accidents. So even if we don't get a lot of snow, we stay very busy doing the salting," Burhenn added.

So while the city takes care of the main roads, private contractors do almost everything else. He's looking for areas that puddle, extra snow and puts down a little extra salt on the handicap spots. All while Pandora blasts away.

"I try really hard to turn it off when I see people," he said as drove the truck down the road.

Because the spreader covers a large area with more velocity than you might expect.

He has twelve properties to salt on his list. When it comes to snow removal, you need to make hay when the sun shines or spread salt when it doesn't.

"I do enjoy it, because I don't normally drive a big truck like this," he said gleefully.

Boys and their toys.

"I'm kind of obsessed with it, you could say. Especially during the winter time," he concluded.

He's most likely still on the job now, because I asked him when his day would be over today and he said, "as long as it takes."