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JAMESTOWN (WATE) - No snow has fallen in Jamestown so far, residents are just dealing with some very cold temperatures. However, officials say they are prepared if the weather turns bad.
Jamestown officials say they bought more salt this year than they've ever purchased before. There's a new mayor this year, and he says the city spent a little extra to prepare for winter.
"According to the Farmer's Almanac, which is right about 85 percent of the time, we're going to have a bad winter," said Mayor Ryan Smith.
Smith says they ordered about 25 percent more salt this year than last year.
"We've got a little over 125 tons of salt, which is a lot of salt. It's a small mountain," he said.
Still, they use it sparingly.
"We definitely try to use judgement not to waste salt, because once winter starts, it is hard to get salt. Actually, it's almost near impossible."
In addition to more salt, the city purchased another salt truck.
"We like to be prepared if we can be, and we had a little extra funds that we can do that with," said the mayor.
Roads aren't the only concern. Jamestown veterinarian Cindy Johnson says outside pets need extra care too.
"Sometimes we think 'Oh, they're an outside animal, and they'll be fine outside in the pasture,' but when it gets really cold, and you have icy conditions or snowy conditions, they can get a little too cold," said Johnson.
To protect horses from the cold, Johnson says to put a blanket on them, and keep them in the stable if needed.
"It boils down to a source of shelter, a good source of water and extra forage and extra food," she said.
The City of Jamestown also purchased an additional salt truck this season and performed maintenance on all of the winter gear.