Commissioners eye options for salt

LYNDON—Not necessarily thought of too often until the wintertime, the salt the road and bridge department obtains to help keep drivers on the roads might have difficulty of its own making it into county truckloads.

Glen Tyson, county road and bridge supervisor, met with commissioners Tuesday to discuss the possibility of looking into new ways to obtain pure salt for roads.

“I know it’s a long ways from winter yet, but we may have a heck of an issue about salt,” he said.

Tyson explained that the company the county previously used to obtain salt is shut down at the moment and other companies he checked into aren’t willing to take new customers just yet. He spoke with Knight Trucking, Lebo, currently contracted with a company providing salt. He said Knight Trucking could provide salt to the county through their contract, but would use their trucks to haul the salt to the county.

“They quoted me a price of $52 a ton to deliver,” said Tyson.

“What does it normally cost us to haul it?” asked Gaylord Anderson, commissioner.

“Around $30 a ton,” said Tyson. “You’re looking at a $22 a ton difference. I may have to in order to fill up, do this until I hear something more positive from this supplier.”

“How many tons do you normally start out with?” asked Anderson.

“At least 600,” said Tyson.

Tyson added the county has some mixed material, but needs pure salt. He also said other companies sometimes charge around $67 or more per ton to haul the salt.

“It looks like Knight’s giving a lot better rates than the other companies,” said Tyson. “I’ll look into it and tip you off onto what’s going on.”

Tyson also mentioned hiring a mechanic for road and bridge, and hopes to interview applicants this week or next. He also updated progress on county roads affected by the Osage City lake dredging project and discussed the possibility of purchasing a new motor grader for the county.

In other business, commissioners:
• accepted the resignation of Sarah Cunningham, health department, and a shift change from 40 hours to 35 hours per week for Susan McDonald, health department.
• approved payroll and payment of August bills.

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