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Carol Stream looks to avoid salt shortfall by joining DuPage County program

Published: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 12:23 p.m. CDT

CAROL STREAM – The village of Carol Stream has taken precautions to avoid a shortage in road salt for next winter by enrolling in DuPage County’s Joint Salt Purchase Program.

The village will receive half of its needed salt through DuPage County and the rest through the state of Illinois, which typically provides the village’s salt each year.

Carol Stream Public Works Director Phil Modaff said having the opportunity to have two sources for salt seemed like a better idea than just one.  

“I think the problem with the salt deliveries last year is that we had all our eggs in one basket,” Modaff said. “We decided to diversify, so we weren’t completely tied to the state’s program.”

The state salt deliveries are part of an Illinois Department of Central Management Services program. Each year, the state solicits interests in road salt from cities, villages, townships and counties.

“We send in our desired salt amount for the next winter, and the salt suppliers bid on the agencies they want to compete for,” Modaff said. “Some municipalities didn’t get a bid because no salt supplier bid on them. It’s unfortunate.”

The director said prices of road salt have increased because of last winter’s polar vortex. The village will receive 2,000 tons of salt through DuPage County, priced at $70 per ton, and anywhere from 1,100 to 1,700 tons of salt through Illinois, priced at nearly $55 per ton.

The salt purchase contract requires the village to pick up the salt from DuPage County by Sept. 30, which gives the village ample time before the winter arrives, Modaff said.

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