Archive for Thursday, April 22, 2010

Douglas County buys road salt early

April 22, 2010


Douglas County commissioners agreed Wednesday to buy 3,000 tons of salt to prepare for next winter’s anticipated snow-clearing efforts.

The $129,060 expenditure — that’s $43.02 per ton — is considered a bargain, considering what would happen if the county were to wait for temperatures to begin dropping and precipitation to start freezing.

“If you buy it now, it’s $43 per ton,” said Craig Weinaug, county administrator. “If you wait until winter, it’s about $100 per ton.”

Also slated to buy road-clearing salt as part of the combined bid submitted by Central Salt:

• City of Lawrence, 3,500 tons, for $150,570.

• City of Eudora, 200 tons, for $8,604.

• Wakarusa Township, 400 tons, for $17,208.

• Franklin County, 1,200 tons, for $51,524.

• City of Ottawa, 300 tons, for $12,906.


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