Salem conserving its salt supply

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SALEM, Ohio — The street foreman in Salem said this is the lowest he has seen the city’s salt supply in almost 10 years.
Right now, the city has approximately 350 tons left, which is enough for six or seven trips.
This isn’t a financial issue, but rather because the city’s salt supplier, Morton Salt, is backed up.
City officials said they still have a good supply, but the city is trying to conserve what it has. It will continue to hit high traffic areas.
“Residential streets do apply to it, but again it’s the same scenario, the intersections, the side streets, the hills and curves, which we have quite a few of in the city,” said Salem Service and Safety Director Ken Kenst.
Kenst said the company is backed up and the priorities for the salt supply are the state of Ohio, counties and then the cities and townships.
“We’re going to make the intersections safe, make sure you can get up the hills, just use common sense, just use cautious driving,” said street foreman Jim Phillis.
We reached out to Morton Salt to see what is causing the backup and when things will get back on track, but we did not receive a statement from the company.
The city has placed two orders for more salt, totaling about 600 tons. Officials said they did get a load in on Monday, but it was only for 260 tons.

 The winter weather has been taxing on the street department, especially with the small snowfalls, because crews have to use the same amount of salt on the roadways for 1 or 2 inches as it does when there is 8 to 10 inches.

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