City eyes early start on salt purchase

With road salt expected to be in short supply and more expensive this coming winter season, officials are getting a jump on the issue, seeking an extension of their contract with Morton Salt.

City officials will bring a recommendation to aldermen Monday night, asking approval to enter into a contract extension with Morton Salt for purchase of up to 7,500 tons of rock salt at a cost of $84.58 per ton for the winter season.

This is the third of four possible extensions, according to Public Works Director Suzette Robinson and Assistant Public Works Director James Maiworm.

For the 2014/2015 season, salt is expected to be in short supply and considerably more expensive, they noted. Morton Salt is requesting a price increase of $23.97 per ton over last year’s prices bringing the per ton cost to $84.58 for the 2014/2015 season.

Meanwhile, several adjoining communities have received salt bids ranging from $110.00 per ton to $130.00 per ton, they noted, while numerous others are not receiving bids or quotes for rock salt due to the shortage of the material.

As a result, the quotes that are being received from communities across the area are generally $25 to $45 per ton higher than the prices from last year, they said.

The city has 550 tons of salt left over from last year’s purchase of 8,400 tons, officials said.

Aldermen are scheduled to discuss the issue at the City Council Administration & Public Works Committee scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday in city council chambers at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

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