CT Chapman, of the Meigs County Highway Department said yesterday there was an estimated 300 ton of salt on hand at the county garage and an overflow of cinders for treatment of county roads. The county highway department has around 258 miles of those county roads to treat.
Chapman said this weekend’s snowfall and additional snow on Monday required around 70 ton of salt and 300 ton of cinders to treat local roads. On Saturday the county’s nine salt trucks were out working the roads.
Chapman said at the end of last year’s season the salt bin was still full and early this season 25 tons were ordered. However, Chapman said he’d just ordered another 100 ton of salt to be prepared for any future bad weather.
The two largest incorporated villages in Meigs County are also prepared for winter in terms of road salt in village bins.
Mike Gerlach, mayor of Middleport, said the village already had a surplus of 55 ton of salt on hand when the season began and there are 25 tons still to be delivered. Gerlach said Middleport has not received the 25 ton yet because of the village’s available storage space.
Middleport paid $62.78 a ton compared to last year’s price of $105 ton. Though many villages were left out in the cold last year when it came to finding a supplier of road salt, Gerlach said Middleport was not one of them. Despite having to pay more like every else, the village already had a contract for salt and the company delivered on that contract.
As for this year’s supply, Gerlach said: “We may have to order more but based on past winters, I think we’ll be alright.”
Pomeroy was one of the villages left out in the cold during last year’s salt shortage and had to get on a waiting list to purchase salt from the Ohio Department of Transportation, which it eventually did. Last month, Pomeroy ordered 100 ton of salt which was delivered on Nov. 8. The cost was $62 per ton, plus freight which cost nearly $7,000.