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Winter’s costly grip

Winter’s costly grip
Winter’s costly grip
Mike Schuley of the Harrison County Highway Department plows snow Thursday afternoon on School Lane across from Morgan Elementary School south of Palmyra. Three to five inches of snow fell throughout the day and night, causing many schools to be closed Thursday and Friday. Photo by Ross Schulz (click for larger version)

Last week’s snowstorm, which dumped three to five inches in Harrison County, delivered a hit on the highway department’s salt reserves.
For 2011, the highway department was allotted $45,000 for road salt, but, in a matter of only about three weeks, the budget has already been depleted.
‘It’s been one of those years,’ Bube said.
Highway superintendent Glen Bube last week requested $54,000 from the county to purchase 900 tons of salt, which will finish the total 2,000-ton agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation for the entire year.
Bube said the county has saved quite a bit of money by using the state’s bid for salt, which is $59 per ton, compared to the $80-a-ton figure it was last year.
Bube said the additional won’t necessarily be the last because in a 45-day period from mid-January to the end of February last year, the department used 1,400 tons. Plus, the department also will have November and December 2011 under this budget.
In the near future, the county may have a place to properly store salt throughout the year. Harrison County Engineer Kevin Russel has asked the county for funds to purchase property, formerly the old Castle pre-cast site, which would be used as storage for the highway department (see story below). The site is located adjacent to the highway garage.