In a special session Monday, and its last meeting of 2010, Reynoldsburg City Council approved an ordinance for the appropriation of $30,000 to purchase 500 tons of rock salt in case the need arises by the end of the year.

In a special session Monday, and its last meeting of 2010, Reynoldsburg City Council approved an ordinance for the appropriation of $30,000 to purchase 500 tons of rock salt in case the need arises by the end of the year.

Safety service director Pam Boratyn said the city had about 1,000 tons of salt at the beginning of December, but had to use almost half of it in the first 15 days of the month. Early December snowfall was above average, with more forecast in the next week.

"It's been an unusual amount of snow this month, so to be on the safe side we want to get about 500 more tons until the new year," Boratyn said. "In the new year, we'll start ordering more salt and bringing it in under the new budget."

Last summer the council prepared the city for 2011 by authorizing Mayor Brad McCloud to enter into a contract with American Rock Salt to purchase 3,000 tons of salt for $58.98 per ton, $2.61 per ton lower than last year's cost.

Boratyn said Reynoldsburg has been participating in the Southwest Ohio Purchasers for Government, a consortium of about 87 entities, which allows them to help find lower costs on salt.

The approval last summer allowed the city to lock in the new lower rate for 2011, but with the amount it has used in December, the need arose to purchase more before the end of the year.

"Normally we wouldn't have any problem, it's just that the first half of December has been unusual, so we want to make sure we don't run out," Boratyn said. "It's better to be on the safe side."

On average, the city uses about 1,800 tons of salt in a normal winter season. Boratyn said that in the new year, the city would purchase more salt, up to 3,000 tons, for use in 2011 under the new lower rate.

She said the directive from the mayor has always been to not run out of salt and to make sure the city has enough salt on hand for the winter.

Council President William Hills said the city has always been good at keeping all of its streets salted and cleaned.

"The streets of Reynoldsburg have been salted, there have been no streets skipped you can salt Licking County Reynoldsburg three times a day and, as soon as the wind blows, it's going to cover it again," Hills said.

"As we move into the eastern part of the corporate line of Reynoldsburg, there's not as many trees and you have higher wind getting to the roads."

In other business, council approved a contract for Pyrotecnico, of New Castle, Pa., to once again be the city's provider of Fourth of July fireworks at a cost of $25,000, the same cost as the show in 2010.

Boratyn said approving the contract now will lock in the $25,000 cost and guarantee the same show at that cost.