Winter Weather Costs Adding Up
WSIL -- After several snowstorms already this season, local towns are seeing their winter costs spike. Salt piles are quickly depleting, and they're getting expensive to replace.
"It's just hard to get. We're getting none from around here. The highway department that we was getting it from, they're low, so we're having to get it from Little Rock, Arkansas."
Stanley says their normal $4,500 salt budget has more than quadrupled. If the street department gets the okay to ship in another 60 tons, they city will have spent more than $20,000. The West Frankfort City Council will discuss the proposal Tuesday night during their regular session. If approved, the money would come out of the motor fuel tax program.
"Salt is at a premium in a year like this, because so many areas have been hit with storms and all. So we have to put our name in the hat as soon as we can," explains Butler.
With the recent addition of 400 tons of salt, Mayor Butler says that puts Marion at a total of 800 tons. He hopes that will last the rest of the winter.
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