SPOKANE, WASH. - The city of Spokane's official winter season runs from November 15th through March, but de-icer is already being used three weeks before the "official" start.
The de-icer they are using now comes from last year's supply. Next week at the city council meeting the council will vote to approve how much de-icer they will order for the upcoming winter season.
It's important to keep in mind the city doesn't budget for the November to March season; they budget for the full 12 month calendar year. What city leaders are doing right now is figuring out how much money they have left in this year's snow removal budget and how much they plan to budget for 2013.
Ann Deasy with the city of Spokane said they are working as well to contract private contractors who will join the city's snow plow team to ensure that all streets get plowed in a timely fashion.
Something to keep in mind, this is the first year that the city will tow and ticket vehicles that are in the path of plows so it is important to be aware of where they will be plowing and when.