Under Barr’s leadership, a collaborative culture was developed and employees were encouraged to research and implement innovative strategies that would help reduce costs, improve level of service, and provide optimal safety for the City. From this, two areas of innovation emerged: improvements to the chip seal program and a new salt brine system.
In 2019, the Streets Division sought out training to further refine the already successful chip seal program. The team adjusted rock and oil application rates, leading to reductions in sweeping time, minimizing damage to vehicles and an improved overall product. Marking only the second time in the City of Nampa’s history that the Clerk’s Office had not received any rock chip claims.
The Streets Division also implemented a salt brine system to enhance the snow maintenance level of service. The brine application improved safety, enhanced road aesthetics and substantially reduced sweeping time. Investing in a salt brine system which can be made on-site is also a significant cost savings. Brine that is pre-made and delivered costs approximately $1.10/gallon but only costs $.07 per gallon if made on-site. In FY 19, approximately 68,900 gallons were produced internally at a cost of $4,823; if the product had been purchased pre-made, it would have cost over $70,000 for the same amount.
Between the chip seal and brine system improvements, it is estimated these improvements saved the City of Nampa nearly $140,000 per year in operational costs and serves as a prime example of Mayor Kling’s citywide challenge to provide excellent customer service and be good stewards of taxpayer resources.
Each year, COMPASS presents awards to businesses, individuals and projects that support the Treasure Valley’s regional transportation goals and continues to provide innovative solutions to the current needs of the community.