Salt was on the menu at London City Council on Thursday, Feb. 6.
Safety-services director Steve Hume told members the harsh winter is quickly depleting the city’s supply of road salt and increasing the cost of new purchases.
With at least 150 tons of salt on hand and another 250 tons on order, London is unlikely to run out before spring, he noted.
But widespread demand is increasing the cost of salt.
“It (salt) will not be cheap next year,” Hume said. “We need to buy more on this year’s contract.”
He expects to ask city council for $40,000 in coming weeks to purchase additional supplies for next winter.
“We won’t need to buy as much next fall,” Hume added.
Council members praised city street crews for their work, following weeks of bitter cold weather and heavy snowfalls that kept plows moving.
Those plows left head-high piles of snow on many street corners. Hume said Ohio EPA regulations prohibit dumping excess snow near streams. As a result, snow piles are likely to remain in place until warmer weather disposes of the problem.
“We won’t be moving piles unless business is affected,” Hume said.
Also on Thursday, council continued to debate a request by the board of public utilities for $40,000 to lay pipes for a new septic receiving station at the sewage disposal plant on South Main Street. Most questions came from council member Rodney Lauer who questioned future costs associated with the project.
A motion to suspend voting rules and approve the resolution died after Lauer and member Steve Scaggs failed to support the effort. The resolution will again come before council on Feb. 20.
Dan Leavitt, superintendent of the sewage disposal plant, said the city earned $130,000 last year by disposing of septic waste from independent haulers. Without a new receiving station, that income will dry up.
A new pipe system will serve as a foundation for additional septic disposal equipment now on the BPUs wish list, Leavitt said.
In other meeting business on Thursday, council members:
• Authorized Madison County Future, Inc., to act as sales agent for any real estate the city decides to sell. Buildings most likely to go on sale in the future are The Armory on Second Street and the former London High School classroom building on Walnut Street.
Madison County Future, Inc., will earn 2 percent from any sale, Hume said.
• Agreed to spend $13,000 for a new recorder for the city police department.
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