Burr Ridge joins surrounding villages with salt shortage

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 1:57 p.m. CDT

BURR RIDGE – It's no surprise by now that villages in the area are running short on salt supplies with what seems like a never-ending battle with Old Man Winter.

The village of Burr Ridge is no exception, as Mayor Mickey Straub and the Department of Public Works reported the village is using more salt this year than expected.

According to Straub's report, Burr Ridge historically uses 1,200 tons of road salt each year, but as the snowfall season has progressed, the village is outpacing its salt inventory.

The remaining inventory in stock as of Jan. 24 was 400 tons, and the village has recently been notified that no additional salt will be provided through its existing supplier, North American Salt, since the village is already over the 120 percent threshold, according to the report.

The Department of Public Works staff has contacted private suppliers throughout the nation and recently identified a supplier that is able to provide an additional 250 tons from a source in Iowa. The material is ready for immediate delivery at a delivered price of $114 per ton, read the report.

This unit price is "much higher" than the village's $48.94 initial contract, but is consistent with commodity pricing due to high demand throughout the nation. The Village Board has been notified of this emergency purchase, and the village has executed the contract in order to lock the price and quantity, according to the report.

Due to the shortage of salt, public works is trying to conserve usage of salt and is advising drivers to be extra cautious.

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