City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell tries to make Thanksgiving dinner special by stuffing the turkey with a city memo. Instead of adding savory flavor, though, it just lights the kitchen on fire. Thankfully the fire extinguisher marks spell out a new memo for us!

Salting it away

Winter is coming here

The Highways and Utilities Division of the General Services Department has prepared the city’s salt mix for the fast approaching winter, Aspell writes. By fast approaching, you mean here for all eternity already, right? 

The salt is a liquid by-product of the grain industry, which the crews mix with calcium chloride  to allow the salt to work better with colder temperatures and to help slow salt consumption (that’s doctor recommended).  Two loaders are used to mix the salt. One loads the salt into the hopper to mix with the calcium chloride, and the other loader transports the mixed salt into the salt barn for storage. Anywhere from 150 tons to 600 tons of salt may be used per snow storm, which would require one heck of a salt shaker. Approximately 2,000 tons of mixed salt are currently prepared for the city. Crews will mix more throughout the season as needed.

Put the donation in the basket

Sanel steps up again

The Concord Human Services Department was the grateful recipient of 70 completely stocked Thanksgiving holiday baskets last week from Sanel Auto Parts, Aspell writes.

The baskets were bountiful and include everything one could want with their holiday meal (including a post-dinner nap and a break from uncle Ralph?)  They were each filled with fresh vegetables and fruit, pies, coffee, nuts, condiments, juice, pickles, and even a cooking pan and napkins. It was a record number of baskets this year. As the employees of Sanel Auto Parts donate food for the baskets, the Segal family (owners of Sanel Auto Parts) match each basket with a turkey. The program was started many years ago by George Segal, and the family and employees continue the tradition in his memory. The city’s deep appreciation goes out to the Segal family and their employees, who so generously help others during the holidays.  It is amazing how many families in our community have enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving meal thanks to this thoughtfulness. The city also wants to thank our volunteers, Bob Whatmough and Bill Lynch, for helping us distribute the baskets.

Author: Insider staff

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