New de-icer yields little success

Despite the Department of Parks & Recreation’s attempt to melt ice with a new de-icing product, this season’s winter weather has proven to be resistant.

At the Parks & Recreation Commission meeting on Jan. 8, Parks & Recreation Director Steve Pierce announced the staff was trying out a new de-icer, called Stand-Up, on sidewalks.

According to the manufacturer’s website, Stand-Up is a freeze-resistant liquid de-icer that can be applied before or after a winter storm to prevent ice and snow from bonding on walkways.

“We were trying Stand-Up as an alternative to granulated ice melt to try to minimize tracking of ice melt, sand, and so on into municipal buildings,” Mr. Pierce said at the meeting.

More specifically, Mr. Pierce said the department tested Stand-Up in hope of reducing carpet and floor damage resulting from the salt and chemicals that get tracked into buildings.

Not only does Stand-Up’s  manufacturer, Rohmar Industries, state on its website that the de-icer “will not track into your facility, creating extra work for your staff,” but it also lists other benefits of the product, including working as the temperatures drop, preventing freezing and being no more corrosive than tap water so as to not damage concrete, decorative pavements or iron handrails.

Mr. Pierce said his staff researched various kinds of de-icers online before choosing Stand-Up. However, although Stand-Up worked well and was more fast-acting than ice-melting pellets, the new de-icer was no match for this winter’s weather conditions.

“The problem we have had with any ice melt this season has been the depth of snow and the cold temperatures,” Mr. Pierce said.

“So we have used Stand-Up, but with limited success.”

When it comes to trying to melt ice around town, Mr. Pierce said last week, “Today we are manually chipping the ice.”