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City's Road Salt Problem Licked

Madisonville Seal 01 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/12/14) — The problem of whether or not to stock up on ice-melting salt has been licked.

The Madisonville City Council met in special session Tuesday morning to discuss the matter that had been tabled at the last regular meeting Monday, Aug. 4.

The city received a lone bid for road salt at its July 21 regular council meeting from North American Salt for $98.54 per ton with a stipulation that the city commit to buying at least 60 tons by March 1. With the street department's 800-ton capacity bins nearly full, committing to buying 60 tons could pose a problem if the upcoming winter is mild. So, the council decided to re-advertise for bids.

Two weeks later, the lowest of two bids came from North American but the price per ton had gone up to $103.54 per ton. So, the council decided to table the item to seek a solution to the dilemma.

In special session, the council learned that the city's sanitation department has extra space to store the salt if it's not used this winter.

Councilman Raymond Marion spoke in favor of buying the salt as soon as possible.

“With the price going up, I believe we need to act now,” said Marion.

Councilman Mark Lee made a motion to enter into a contract with North American Salt and using the sanitation departments extra storage area in the event the salt isn't needed in the upcoming winter.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

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