Pleasant Prairie administrator Mike Pollocoff made an excellent presentation at tonight's village board meeting about the economics of snow plowing and ice control, the bottom line being prudence and stewardship will likely get the village through the winter without having to seriously sacrafice public safety or the quality of the village's response to winter weather.
The village right now can stockpile 7,000 tons of salt and was able to meet this year's burden by leftover salt from previous winters that were much milder and by buying 2,000 tons this year on the state bid with an option for another 500 tons in reserve.
With luck, the village will not have to dangerously curtail its response to ice and snow. The performance of village crews even drew applause from critic-in-residence Alex Tiahnybok.
Pollocoff's presentation put the situation in easily understood perspective and correctly assessed the village's responsibilities vs. the City of Kenosha's response that people will need to be "more patient" and put up with significantly reduced ice control.
I've said it before and will say it again: When the village retires its old 1988 snow plow later this year, it should be given to the city as a gift -- complete with instructions on how to use it.