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January 4, 2014

Some salt supplies in county running low after snowfall

NEW CASTLE — Salt is not only the spice of life it’s a necessary ingredient for surviving winters in Pennsylvania.

That’s why municipalities keep an eye on their supply. Recent storms that hit the midwest and eastern portions of the nation are slowing delivery of road salt to some local highway departments.

Other areas have been more fortunate and report their salt supply is good for now.

“We’ve got a lot of promises and an empty shed,” said Leslie Bucci, Neshannock Township secretary/treasurer.

She said the township placed orders Dec. 19, 30 and Thursday.

“We were promised two 25-ton deliveries each time, but they haven’t been able to deliver.”

She said the township obtains its salt — at $57.38 per ton — through Costars, the state’s purchasing program.

North American Salt Co., based in Conneaut, Ohio, is the provider selected by the state to deliver road salt. This is the first time local municipalities have dealt with this company, she said. Previously, they dealt with Cargill and Morton salt companies, both in Cleveland, and experienced a one-week turnaround between ordering and receiving salt.

“They tell us the roads are bad and the delivery trucks can’t get out of the salt mine, north of Cleveland,” she said. “We’re owed four loads back from December. It’s really frustrating.”

The lack of salt has affected road clearing throughout the township, she said.

“It’s no one’s fault here that we’re out of salt. We followed the same procedures we always do. The provider has not kept up its part.”

Union Township, which had been looking at the bottom of its salt shed, received two truck loads Thursday and two more yesterday.

“We’re in good shape if we don’t get more snow,” said Supervisor Pat Angiolelli. “What we have is not enough.”

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