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* News Release *
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
For Immediate Release

COUNTY ENGINEER ADVERTISING FOR SALT BIDS
Bidding Process Early for Next Winter

This winter is technically not over, yet Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens is getting his bids in early for next winter's road salt. The Engineer's Office has traditionally awarded road salt contracts earlier than most agencies but a nationwide salt shortage has prompted Wilkens to begin the process even sooner.

"We typically begin advertising for bids in May and award a contract in June, about two or three months ahead of everyone else," Wilkens said. "But with salt continuing to be in short supply and prices potentially going even higher, we felt it best to get a jump on it now."

The BCEO is currently advertising for bids on bulk-treated sodium chloride -- road salt -- according to Wilkens and will open bids for the 2009-2010 winter on March 24. "We expect to award a contract to the lowest bidding supplier by the end of the month or in early April," he said.

The price being paid for road salt by the Butler County Engineer's Office this winter is $51.42 per ton. While that amount is $22.00 more than five years ago, it is considerably less than what many other agencies are paying locally and nationwide. Some government agencies that received bids late last summer and in the fall are paying over $170 per ton.

Road salt is presently in good supply at the BCEO which has spread 5,320 tons of salt on the County road system so far this winter. That's slightly below the 6,000 tons spread in an average winter. "Our salt usage could still increase," Wilkens added. "While spring has been in the air recently, late winter snows are not uncommon in this area."

Much of the early half of this winter brought small snows in the one half to three inch range until back to back snowstorms hit during late January and early February. Those storms brought nearly a foot of snow and considerable icing and then another six to eight inches a week later.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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