Costly salt

The purchase of additional salt for the remaining portion of winter weather could get expensive for Granville, highway superintendent John Tanner said Thursday night.

“Well I guess it’s pretty much common knowledge what we’ve been up to since the last meeting,” Tanner said.

Highway crews having been busy with the roads but have managed to get some other tasks done as well, although the weather has been their chief concern for most of the past month in one way or another.

While bringing the board up to speed regarding the highways of the town, Tanner explained Granville, like many other area municipalities, has exhausted its supply of state contract priced road salt.

The town already used more than 840 tons of salt on the roads over the course of the winter, he said. Under purchasing rules the town is allowed to purchase up to 120 percent of their pre-ordered amount at the set price.

Purchases beyond that 120 percent continue to increase with the next 10 percent, up to 130 percent, costing 10 percent over the set state contract price.

Beyond that amount Tanner said he would be forced to pay ‘fair market price’ although he clarified there might not be much ‘fair’ about that price after the winter the entire Northeast experienced.

Regardless of the cost, board members said they agreed the town had to have some salt in reserve insuring against a late season storm. The last amount ordered, paying 10 percent over state contract price, should be enough to get the town through until warmer weather, Tanner said.

Tanner said during some winters, knowing the price of salt will be more the following year, he will pre-order and fill the salt storage area at the end of the winter for the next year.

“This will not be one of those years,” he said.

Referring to a recent controversy over the town border in Hartford which could have meant trouble for a board member accused of taking sand he was not entitled to, Matt Rathbun asked fellow board member Ken Quick if he got any salt from the town barn. “No, I go to Hartford,” Quick responded, drawing laughter from the people in the town hall.

In other news Tanner advised the board the purchase three years ago of an outdoor wood boiler for the town barn proved to be a good move.

Considering the price of heating oil, Tanner said he saved the town “a ton” by burning roadside tree trimmings in the furnace.

Tanner said he wanted to alert residents to call the town hall if they had trees in their ‘right of way’ that looked like they should be cut down. Tanner said town crews would cut down the trees provided they got to take the wood for the furnace. The Granville Town Hall can be reached at 642-1500.

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