Burr Ridge pays double to replenish salt supply

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Burr Ridge is paying more than double the price it did at the beginning of the winter to replenish its rock salt supply. But village officials don’t mind.

The village started the season with 600 tons of rock salt in its bins and a contract to purchase up to 720 more tons for between $48 and $50 a ton, said Village Adminstrator Steven Stricker.

The village received the 720 tons contracted, but by last week, the supply was dwindling and prospects of buying more were dim.

The village’s original supplier had no more to sell. The public works director called 20 companies before he found one who had salt on hand, Stricker said.

“We had to cut back on the use of salt. We thought if this is all we are going to get, we started to mix sand with the salt,” he said.

A company based in Houston, Texas, agreed to sell the village 250 tons of salt for $114 a ton. The salt will be delivered from storage bins in Iowa, Stricker said.

“We’re lucky to get it at any price,” he said.

The salt is expected to be delivered this week.

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