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January 4, 2014

Some salt supplies in county running low after snowfall



Angiolelli said he ordered 400 tons Dec. 17. “They still owe me 300 tons.”

The supervisor said he had hoped to use more salt and less anti-skid material to keep roadsides cleaner, but was “throwing real dirty stuff” Thursday to stretch his supply.

Anti-skid, he explained, is a mix of fine pebbles, sand and sometimes dirt. Although it provides traction, it builds up on roadsides and keeps water on the roads.

“We use it to stretch the salt supply or replace it when we run out.”

Angiolelli said he also has had trouble getting deliveries from the North American Salt Co.

“You can’t even call them,” he said. “All you can do is leave a message. They return the call in a day or two.”

Attempts to reach the Costars program yesterday were unsuccessful.

Michael Rooney, New Castle public works director, said the city expected to receive more salt yesterday and today through the state program.

Because the area was hit with several snowfalls in December, he said, the city is conserving its supply.

Rooney said the city ordered 900 tons of additional salt.

He said city crews were out until 4 a.m. yesterday taking care of streets, concentrating on hills, main streets and bridges before getting to side streets.

Rooney said he also made sure the crews took care of streets around the schools. His department also is responsible for clearing sidewalks on city property.

Hickory Township secretary Carol Kordish said that municipality’s salt shed is full.

It received two 25-ton truck loads in mid-December and two more last Saturday, which Supervisor Bill Dean said the township mixed with anti-skid material.

“We have about 100 tons” of salt, Kordish said yesterday. “We’re good.”

Hickory also obtains its salt supply through the Costars program and North American Salt Co.

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