Flossmoor OKs emergency road salt purchase
February 18, 2014 11:46AM
Updated: February 20, 2014 2:21AM
Despite a winter storm advisory, Flossmoor held its regular village board meeting Monday night, so it seemed fitting that among its actions was approving the purchase of more salt for the village’s snowy roads.
The board unanimously approved the emergency purchase of 150 tons of salt for a little more than $28,000. That amount, combined with the village’s reserves, is enough to cover another 20 snow events, according to public works director George Peluso. So far this winter, the public works department has scattered salt during 24 events, he said.
“We’ve been pretty diligent about our salt usage, as we always have been,” Peluso told the board. “We’ve been able to save money over the last year or so, so there is enough fund balance to cover this purchase.”
The extra salt is “just in case” and may not be needed, he said. If not, the village will save it for next winter.
“For safety purposes, we do not ever want a situation where we are totally out of salt,” Peluso told the board.