Upper Arlington has agreed remove snow this winter on several streets north of the city's limits in exchange for free brine from the city of Columbus.

Upper Arlington has agreed remove snow this winter on several streets north of the city's limits in exchange for free brine from the city of Columbus.

Upper Arlington City Council voted 5-0 Monday, Oct. 13 -- councilmen John C. Adams and David DeCapua were absent from the meeting -- to enter into a new shared services agreement with Columbus for snow removal services this winter.

Under the terms of the agreement, Upper Arlington will clear streets just outside the city in an area that includes Kenny Road from Upper Arlington's corporate limit to Henderson Road.

Upper Arlington also would be responsible for snow removal on Old Henderson Road and several residential streets in Columbus off Old Henderson.

According to Upper Arlington Assistant City Manager Dan Ralley, the area is less than one mile of roadway.

In exchange for providing those services, Columbus will provide brine, which is water with a heavy concentration of salt used to treat roads during winter, to Upper Arlington at no cost.

"This is continuing to look at shared services as we move forward," Ralley said.

According to a staff report he prepared for council, Columbus would deliver up to 62,800 gallons of brine to Upper Arlington's Public Services Complex on Roberts Road at no cost.

"Assuming a normal winter with 18 snow events, the estimated cost for plowing would be between $2,556 and $5,122, depending on the number of snow events over four inches," Ralley wrote in the staff report.

The report also said Upper Arlington currently purchases brine from Franklin County at 13 cents per gallon, and the city assumes additional costs in staff time to pick up the brine and pump it into a holding tank.

"Upper Arlington would save at least $650 per snow event where brine is applied, in addition to reduced staff time because Columbus would deliver the salt brine," Ralley's report stated. "If Upper Arlington received delivery of all 62,800 gallons of salt brine, it would save $11,318."

As for rock salt supplies, city officials earlier this month told ThisWeek Upper Arlington News the city has 700 tons in storage, purchased at last year's price of $48.75 per ton.

"Additional tonnage is ordered, unfortunately at a higher rate of $115 per ton, similar to the cost increases being faced by all communities in the region," said Emma Speight, Upper Arlington's community affairs coordinator.

At that time, Speight said "final details" related to the amount of salt the city will order this winter were still being worked out.

At Monday's council meeting, city officials said they still did not have final details related to the order or the city's total costs.