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After long winter, county solicits bids to restore road salt levels

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By Kenny Colston

 

At the end of a long winter full of snow and ice, the Oldham County Fiscal Court would like someone to pass the road salt.

The court has advertised to buy 4,500 tons of road salt, after this past winter depleted its resources, Judge-Executive David Voegele said.

“We’re pretty well all used up,” he said.

According to county Road Superintendent Lance Lashley, road crews have plowed or salted 16 times this winter and used more than 3,000 tons of salt to clear county roads.

“It’s definitely the most since I’ve been here and I’ve been here 10 years,” he said.

In a typical winter, the department uses 1,200 to 1,500 tons, Lashley said. So after using up the 1,200 tons ordered for this winter and using stockpiles from previous years, the county is down to 400 tons of salt left.

“We drop around 200 tons every time we got out, so that should last two times,” Lashley said. “We’re in better shape than most.”

The 4,500 new tons will help cover the next winter, plus fill the storehouse back up in case of another harsh winter, Lashley said.

The county usually pays around $60 a ton for the salt, including delivery to the road department’s facility. But with many local governments also needing salt, the price could jump, Voegele said.

“The unknown variable is that everyone used more salt, it could spike the price,” he said. “But we’ll absorb it.”

The depletion of salt reserves won’t be a significant hit on the county’s financials, Voegele said.

Sealed bids to provide the salt must be submitted by noon on April 11, according to the advertisement.

Voegele said the 4,500 tons should restore the county’s full resources when it comes to treating roads in the winter and the fiscal court isn’t alone in needing more salt.

“Everybody is in the same boat,” he said.

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