Archive for Thursday, December 11, 2008

City flush with salt for winter

December 11, 2008

City of De Soto officials resorted to Plan B for secure salt to treat city streets this winter when Plan A didn’t work.

Facing tight salt supplies last winter, De Soto City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle attempted to organize a collective of area cities to buy salt.

“That was totally unsuccessful,” the city administrator said.

What worked was persistence. City street department superintendent Ron Creason said repeated calls finally got a commitment from Cargill Salt to deliver 150 tons of salt. In addition, Pavlich Trucking delivered 250 tons of one-to-one salt-sand mix, he said.

With the salt it had on hand at the end of the 2007-2008 season, the city has about 500 tons of salt for the winter, Creason said. It also has a commitment from Pavlich to deliver another 100 tons of salt in January, he said.

That should be enough to get the city through this winter and beyond, Creason said. However, the city used 600 tons of salt during last year’s harsh winter, he said.

The multiple snow and ice storms of last winter and the orders placed by large highway departments to replace depleted supplies led to a shortage of salt earlier this year.

Creason said the city definitely saw that reflected in prices. The city paid $54 a ton for its strait salt delivery this fall, compared to $38 a ton last year, he said.

Last month, the De Soto City Council approved snow emergency routes for the winter. Cars parked on either side of the designated streets will be ticketed during storms of 2 inches of snow or more, Creason said. Cars are not to be parked on the routes until it stops snowing and the streets are cleared, he said.

The snow routes are:

• Ottawa Street from 82nd Street to Lexington Avenue.

• 82nd Street from Wyandotte Street to Ottawa Street.

• 84th Street between Ottawa and Osage streets.

• Osage Street between 83rd and 84th streets.

• Wyandotte Street from the Kansas River bridge to 84th Street.

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