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      Quincy's road crews ready for winter storm

      Quincy Central Services Director Marty Stegeman addressed the Quincy City Council Monday night to give everyone a preview of what they can expect these next few days.He said the city will start combining its salt supply with cinders to make it last a lot longer.Stegeman said that's like adding water to your soft drink -- it lasts a lot longer, but it doesn't work as well as the pure form.Cinders will make roads a little messier and dirtier.Stegeman said the State of New Mexico is the closest place he's found that still has plenty of salt left.However, the state charges more than $200 per ton to ship it."Once the storm hits, we'll have our crews on 12-hour shifts around the clock," Stegeman said. "We will not spread salt until all the snow stops. Putting salt down and then coming back and pushing it to the side of the road doesn't do any good."Stegeman said crews will focus on high-traffic roads, snow emergency routes and primary roads only.Neighborhood roads will not be treated at this time.In other council action, Travis Brown with the Historic Quincy Business District brought aldermen up to speed on the downtown business district.He said it has a 93 percent occupancy rate and has recently applied for 501(c)3 status.That way the organization can become eligible for grants.