No salt bids in county

CADIZ – An attempt to solicit bids for road salt came up empty after the Harrison County Commission had bid openings for salt for the 2014-15 fiscal year Wednesday, and though three companies responded, no bids were received.

Letters were returned from three companies informing the county they could not provide pricing at this time. The companies were Morton, American Rock Salt and North American.

Last year the county purchased salt from primary supplier Morton, and the price was $42 per ton.

“We have to put calls in to see what the situation is,” Doug Crabtree, business service officer for the county engineer’s office stated. “It was rumored that salt was going to be an issue this year.”

Crabtree said Tuscarawas County also received no bids.

“The issue last year was not supply, it was getting the salt delivered, so I am not sure what the issue is this year,” Crabtree said.

“This is August,” said commission Chair Dale Norris. “Maybe we can resubmit the request for bids and get some responses in early October.”

“It is troubling that we got no bids,” Commissioner Don Bethel said, expressing concern over limited availability driving up costs for the county. “Salt pricing might be a serious issue this winter.”

Crabtree also asked the board to approve Road-Use Management Agreements with Cardinal Gas for 1.8 miles of county Road 55; 0.5 miles of county Road 502; 1.5 miles of county Road 45; 2.5 miles of county Road 60; 2.6 miles of county Road 21; 9.3 miles of county Road 21; 6.7 miles of county Road 2; and 1.4 miles of county Road 54 in Cadiz, Franklin, Nottingham and Stock townships.

Crabtree also asked that the commission give the engineer’s office permission to solicit bids for materials pertaining to the Stumptown Road project. Crabtree said that all bids would be opened at the Sept. 3 commissioners’ meeting.