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WINTER SAVINGS: Salt prices not so salty for city

October 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the first frost of the season hitting the county less than a week ago, many find it hard to believe winter is just around the corner.

Tuesday evening brought the season’s first snow showers, and Columbia City’s Street Department is already prepared for the upcoming winter weather.

While Tuesday night’s flurries didn’t amount to any accumulation, this year’s Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a “bitterly cold” winter — “cold, wet and white.”

Nonetheless, Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh said his department purchased street salt and is ready for whatever the season may bring.

The city had a substantial cost savings on this year’s purchase. Typically, the street department buys 500 tons of salt, but because there was a surplus of 200 tons from last season, the city only had to buy 300 tons.

After a long summer drought, last winter stayed mild for a substantial amount of time, with many people still going to the golf course and mowing their lawns in November.

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