(Atlantic) The state’s road salt supplies are filling up quickly at bargain prices, unlike four years ago when there was a salt shortage and prices skyrocketed after a terribly hard winter. Now the price of salt has dropped nearly 14-percent following the state’s mildest winters on record.
“The good indication from this is apparently the salt suppliers are predicting a good supply of salt for the entire winter,” stated Cass County Engineer Charles Marker. “We will buy as much as we can. We can’t buy enough for the entire winter because we don’t have enough storage.”
Marker says the winter of 2009-2010 was the harshest winter on record in Cass County since 1991. During the 2009-2010 winter, Cass County went through 1,673 ton of salt and sand at a cost of $97,000. Last winter, (2011-2012), Cass County’s salt usage dropped 29-percent.
Charles Marker also saves the county about $7.00 a ton by using a local carrier.
June 12, 2012