The New Albany service department already has used more than 40 percent of its salt supply this winter.

The New Albany service department already has used more than 40 percent of its salt supply this winter.

Mark Nemec, public service director, said the village has used about 1,911 tons during snows in December and January.

He said he thinks the village will be able to get by on the nearly 2,700 tons it has left.

"That period through early January, we had continuous (snow) events that never seemed to stop," Nemec said. "If that were to continue, that would be a problem."

If supplies were to run short, he said, the village would be able to purchase more salt from the Ohio Department of Transportation, with which the village went out to bid last spring.

He said he feels more comfortable about the village's salt supply because of the hiatus from snow last week.

"I think we'll be fine," he said. "We'll have enough to take care of the rest of this winter."

Nemec has said the village usually uses an average of 2,000 to 2,500 tons of salt each winter.

Unlike last year, the village has not sold any of its salt this season to other entities, other than Plain Township and the New Albany-Plain Local Schools, with which the village does business every year. During the 2008-09 winter, Nemec said, the village sold about 1,000 tons to Worthington and 600 tons to Gahanna.

"No one has called us," he said. "The good thing this year is, everyone got a contract. They were able to get supply directly."

New Albany paid $57.87 per ton this year as part of a bid package with ODOT. Nemec said the village would go out to bid in May for salt for next winter.