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Snowfall Triggers Slippery Roads, Accidents, and One Wayne Country Fatality
One accident occurred in Guyandotte where some residents complain the icy street surfaces triggered one or more accidents.
Snowfall has been spread out since Friday, Feb. 1, but until Saturday the temperatures did not climb to near freezing. Salt works best at thirty degrees, rather than twenty degrees.
Dale Anderson II, a Guyandotte resident, complained about street conditions. He verbally noted that Fifth Avenue (a state route) was clear downtown, but that many streets and city roads were snow covered.
His observations mostly concur with Facebook community "blog"/ "forum" postings that indicated concerns for downtown roads.
"The city has done a poor job of laying salt before the storm, " Anderson said, adding that Councilman Rick Simmons, told him that "our main roads in Guyandotte are just as important as any other streets in the city."
Anderson continued, "Someone visiting the area has a bad experience coming off a state bridge, road and slides onto a city street. This is what keeps people away. Salt should be on main roads before the storm, not after. I am not asking every street be done but Main/Richmond/Buffington/Riverside/Altizer/Crane should be priorities over here."
Meanwhile, although FB generated about 20 complaints concerning slippery downtown roads, Aaron-Michael Fox distinguished Mayor Steve Williams from prior administrations.
"He identified $340,000 dollars of waste in the budget within the first month on the job and has been very active in community development, particularly to the arts and creative fields... [Williams] has already proven himself to be exactly who I campaigned for."//