I recently moved to Spokane from a mountain suburb of Salt Lake City called Bountiful, Utah. Bountiful usually gets more than the average 57 inches that falls in Salt Lake. I went back to Bountiful for Christmas this year and while driving the 20 minutes to my parents’ house from the airport, I counted six snowplows, all dispensing salt and plowing with blades down. In Spokane, from Dec. 18 to 22, I saw only two snowplows and neither had salt-dispensing capabilities.
Whenever it snows in Bountiful, snowplows are dispatched immediately and they dispense salt and put their blades down for 24 hours until the problem is solved – no matter how much or how little. I don’t know how many plows Bountiful has, but even in the worst snowstorms every road in the city is usually plowed within 24 hours. If Spokane is in need of knowing what to do, I suggest they contact city officials in Bountiful or other cities with excellent snow removal track records. A little contact with the outside world could really open your eyes to a better way.