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Updated: 4:54 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 | Posted: 3:11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

Salt supply already low before winter officially arrives

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Region braces for snow, ice storm photo
Trucks are loaded with salt at the Butler County Engineer’s Office in Hamilton in anticipation of Thursday night’s snow storm. NICK DAGGY / STAFF

By Breaking News Staff

More than 14 inches of snow have already fallen in the Dayton area this season, which is 11 inches above normal.

More precipitation has meant more work for local road crews and higher demand for salt, brine and related products.

Fred Stovall, director of public works said the City of Dayton has used about double the amount of salt used by this time last year.

Through this weekend, the city had put down 5,000 tons of salt on Dayton roadways. That amount is rapidly approaching last winter's total for the whole season — 6,100 tons.

"We still have 7,500 tons... We have enough right now," Stovall said. He said another order will be placed once the budget resets on Jan. 1.

Fairborn has used about 500 tons of salt this year, said street and equipment maintenance Superintendent Sean Sink.

He said the city has about 500 tons on hand. Another 400 tons are on order and expected within the next couple of days.

"We typically budget for 2,000 per year," Sink said. "We try to order as needed to stay at 75 percent."

The city budgeted $117,005 for salt this year. Sink was unsure of how much has been spent at the time of this report.

Fairborn paid $54.78 per ton for salt this year, which is a $14.75 percent reduction compared to the previous year. Sink partially attributed the lower price to the city's membership in a co-op.

Beavercreek is has 1,500 tons of salt on hand and is planning to order an additional 1,000 tons this week, according to Interim Public Administrative Services Director Michael Thonnerieux.

Other municipalities said they are more strapped for supplies and cash.

Vandalia is using 20 percent more salt than last year and is now trucking in more supply daily from Cincinnati, according to Public Works Director Rob Cron.

"Our guys, they've been out quite a bit already," he said. "So far it's been busier before Christmas time than we have had in the past few years."

Riverside City Manager Bryan Chodkowski said the city has exhausted their $100,000 salt budget for the year and will have to wait for the new budget to kick in or find another source to purchase more salt.

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