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Harrison officials look at salt for winter roads

October 11, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

CADIZ - Doug Crabtree of the Harrison County Engineer's Office spoke at Wednesday's county commission meeting concerning opening bids for salt to treat county roadways this winter.

The two bids received were from Morton Salt for $46.50 per ton and North American at $56.33 per ton.

"The price has come down from recent years," said Crabtree. "In the past we have been eligible to bid with Tuscarawas County, but we were not eligible for that this year. But the Morton bid is comparable to that price."

Crabtree told the board the county supplies salt for townships and villages at the same rate. American Rock Salt notified the engineer's office it was unable to offer a bid at this time and the bids were tabled until the next meeting when the contract will be awarded.

The commissioners also approved a resolution concerning an application renewal with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources allowing the county to utilize brine water from local wells to treat aggregate.

"This allows our department to apply brine to our stock piles of ashes, which also saves the county on salt money for the roads," Crabtree said.

The board also approved an agreement between the county and the Ohio Department of Development to release funding for the county Road 10 project in Freeport.

"The money comes from several different funds and the total grant money is for $468,373 and will create 45 jobs," Crabtree stated. "The work is on 1.5 miles of road from the intersection of state Route 800 to the new bridge."

The project will widen and resurface the section of road and must be completed by March. The new section of road accessing the Vail mine will be resurfaced and widened in the spring.

Crabtree also announced the Halloween party held at the Tippecanoe Volunteer Fire Department has been canceled and instead the village will hold Trick-or-Treat from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Commissioners also announced that the county will be advertising for bids on restroom renovations at the Department of Job and Family Services building. Bids will accepted until 4 p.m. on Nov. 5. Those bids will be opened at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12.

County Treasurer Vicki Sefsick announced a new list of delinquent tax accounts has been compiled and sent to the prosecutor's office.

In other business, the commissioners:

Approved a general fund increase for the county court in the amount of $3,154.03.

Approved an appropriation of $100,000 into the Emergency Management Agency U92 wireless account to fund one dispatcher and MCM telecommunications contract services.

Appointed Sandi Thompson to a one-year term on the Regional Planning Commission, as well as appointed Mike Vinka and Barbara Pincola to two-year terms.

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