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City's costs for overtime, road salt top $258,000

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A brutal winter in central Ohio sent salt and overtime costs soaring for the city of Reynoldsburg.

A final tally shows the city spent $258,519 on road salt and overtime costs between November and March -- more than $100,000 above what it spent during the same period in 2012-13, Service Director Nathan Burd said.

"It was definitely an abnormally difficult winter," he said. "We had planned ahead, though, and had enough salt to get through the year.

"I've heard it was considered the third-worst winter on record in Ohio," he said. "If you look over the course of 10- or 12-year cycles, it was a bad one. We certainly hope that they are not all like that from now on."

The city used 4,196 tons of salt from November 2013 to March 2014, at a cost of $224,674. In comparison, Reynoldsburg used 2,008 tons of salt at a cost of $119,475 from November 2012 to March 2013.

Overtime costs associated with snow removal this year amounted to $33,845 for that period, compared to overtime costs last year of $22,357.

"We still have salt left in the salt barns heading into next winter and we will be looking at how much we can purchase on our current salt contract," Burd said. "I will likely be taking another salt purchase contract to city council this summer."

Burd said there are 1,560 tons of salt currently in the salt barns.

"We can, hopefully, be able to purchase more on our current contract and will start next winter with a healthy supply of salt on hand," he said.

He said the city can store about 3,000 tons of salt in its barns.

Burd secured a price of $48.72 a ton for road salt in a contract with the North American Salt Co. last September. The contract will be up in July and he expects the price to go up, too.

In 2012, Reynoldsburg paid $60.23 for each ton of salt.

When Franklin County exhausted the salt supplies this winter that it purchased through the Ohio Department of Transportation, it paid about $72 per ton for salt in an emergency delivery, said Tom Nutini, county highway superintendent.

There are about 112 miles of streets in Reynoldsburg, according to the city website, ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us.

In dealing with a storm, Burd said Reynoldsburg's salt trucks "work around the clock, as needed."

Arterial streets are plowed first, including Main Street, state Route 256, Taylor Road, Waggoner Road, Rosehill Road, Brice Road, Livingston Avenue, Lancaster Avenue, Graham Road and Palmer Road.

The city has two salt barns and keeps seven city trucks at its street department building at 7806 E. Main St.

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