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Brazil no longer on a waiting list for salt

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Brazil City Street Superintendent Mike Head watches the unloading of 20 tons of salt in the Zoo Building at Craig Park Wednesday afternoon. The salt, which was purchased from the state, is the first load the city has been able to purchase in a while as they have been on a waiting list since July 2007. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
After more than a year of waiting, the City of Brazil has received salt for the roads.

"Because of shortages, we have been on a waiting list since about July 2007," Brazil City Street Superintendent Mike Head told The Brazil Times Wednesday. "We weren't able to purchase any last year either, but we were lucky enough to have some leftover from the previous year."

Head added the city caught an extra break in how they were able to purchase the salt.

"Normally, the state doesn't sell salt and we usually purchase it from North American Salt Company," he said. "But thankfully, the state made an exception and we were able to purchase the salt."

The purchase price for the salt was approximately $60 a ton, a price which has drastically decreased in the past couple of months.

Head told The Brazil Times the city purchased 100 tons of salt, 20 of which was delivered Wednesday afternoon, while the other 80 tons were to be delivered throughout Thursday.

"I am so glad we were able to get this," he said. "The ice has been horrible the past couple of days."

While waiting for the salt, the Brazil City Street Department has been using sand on the roads in an attempt to sustain drivability.

"The sand has done a pretty good job," Head said. "While it doesn't melt the ice, it provides a little more traction and has hopefully made driving a little easier."

Now that salt has been delivered, the street department's first priorities is getting the main driving areas cleared off.

"The first places we salt are the heavy traffic areas like the trucking routes, school routes and around the hospital," Head said.

While the freezing weather was expected to last into Thursday morning, Head said the street department would monitor the activity before staying out all night like they did Tuesday.

"We worked 15 hours straight from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, and if there is more sleet and rain, we will be out Wednesday night as well," he said. "The ice is the worst it has been in a while, and even though we have salt now, drivers still need to be careful on the roads."

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