09/23/14 3:18 p.m.
Whether we like it or not winter is right around the corner and local administrators are already dealing with soaring road salt prices.
Hancock County engineer Chris Long had a conference call with ODOT this afternoon. Long said the county will spend about $56.50 per ton to fill up on salt this summer. But as for the winter, the asking price is just over $105 per ton.
Findlay service-safety director Paul Schmelzer said those prices are being driven up by a higher demand due to last year’s rough winter.
According to ODOT, last winter Hancock County used 11,300 tons of salt. If the same amount was needed this year at the winter fill price, it would cost the county almost $1.2 mil.
Long said the plan for now is to use what the county receives during the summer as sparingly as possible. As far as filling up again this winter, Long said it will be a “wait-and-see situation.”
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