Huber Heights handles regional salt shortage

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Preparing for winter salt shortage (WDTN photo)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – Every year, municipalities around Miami Valley place bids with a company, Southwest Ohio Purchasers for Government (SWOP4G), to purchase salt from a supplier.

The City of Huber Heights has already made its bid, but there’s a big issue.

“The problem that we’re facing now, as far as having a shortage of salt storage, basically, we can utilize anywhere between 3,500 to 2,000 tons of salt a year. What we’re faced with now is we put a bid for 3,000 tons that being said the bid came back and they’re only able to purchase or give us a bit of 1,300 tons,” explained Michael Gray, manager of the city’s Public Works Department.

Council members and city officials discussed the issue Monday at a meeting open to the public.

They additionally approved plans for the Huber Heights city manager to purchase salt from through the same supplier for the 2015 fiscal year.

In previous years, a salt shortage hasn’t been an issue.

There were mild winters, but last year’s tough season depleted most of the main and back supply of salt.

And now, cities, like Huber Heights, are in a bind.

2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé asked whether this will affect the services to local residents to which Gray said, “Actually we’re going to have to go into it very conservatively. We’ll be doing– probably salting certain intersections only.”

Crews will be salting the road only when there are 3 to 4 inches of snow, and many residential areas will not be salted at all.

But city officials say they’re ready if another major snow season heads to Huber Heights.

“Not so much unprepared as much as– well we’re always ready just we will not be able– that’ll be a tool that’s not in our toolbox to utilize,” Gray clarified.

Like many Miami valley cities, to compensate for the salt shortage Huber Heights will use salt grind, beat juice and calcium.

And city officials say these alternative will keep the major Huber Heights street clean and cleared.

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