Street crews have put more than 450 tons of salt and sand on city streets since Friday, according to the city's public works director.

On Monday, Tim Wilson started making phone calls to replenish the city's dwindling supply of the material used to battle ice and snow.

The first of three back-to-back storms hit Friday, just six weeks after nearly a foot of snow fell over Miami. That storm took the first bite out of the city's reserve of sand and salt.

The Nov. 30 storm brought an unexpected $35,000 expense to the city budget. An estimated $15,000 is attributed to labor costs. The remainder is the estimated cost of materials used.

Expenses are still being tallied from the most recent storm, according to city officials. But, the recent federal declaration of disaster means the city will be reimbursed for 75 percent of its expense.

Miami will also be reimbursed for its response to a Municipal Electrical Systems of Oklahoma request for assistance.

Miami City Manager Michael Spurgeon said Tuesday that he had sent one of Miami's three utility crews to assist in Pryor where customers of that city's utility service were still without power. The crew is expected to remain in Pryor through Saturday.

Miami Mayor Brent Brassfield said he is “extremely proud of the city's response to the weekend ice storm.

During Tuesday's regular meeting of the city council, Brassfield said there are a couple of things that contributed to Miami's success - mother nature didn't hit Miami as hard as she did neighboring communities and a dedicated staff of “loyal, committed people who work for the city.

Among those the mayor publicly acknowledged were utility chairman Kent Ketcher and Spurgeon.

“It is amazing, Brassfield said. “The streets are clear It makes you confident in what could happen, should we get a more severe storm. Everyone stepped up. I would put every single department (in the City of Miami) against any in the state.

In other business matters, the council:

Approved a $27,176 bid to Traffic and Lighting Systems Inc. for equipment and a looping system that will enhance the traffic signal at N. Main Street and B.J. Tunnell. City officials say the upgrade will improve traffic flow at that site.

Passed a resolution declaring a general election to include Ward 1 and Ward 2. The Ward 1 seat is currently held by Kent Ketcher. Scott Trussler now holds the seat in Ward 2.