|WCSI Local News|
January turned out to be a very busy month for the Bartholomew County Garage.
During Monday's meeting of the Bartholomew County Commissioners, County Engineer Danny Hollander reported that roads had to be plowed 20 days out of January. He added that the county went through 3,650 tons of salt mix during that time.
It was, in large part, thanks to January, that the county's annual winter contract for road salt was exhausted. Bartholomew County has a contract with a longtime vendor who sells it up to 14,400 tons of salt for $60 per ton. With the national shortage of road salt, county officials had to scramble to purchase more, at $191 per ton.
Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz noted that during winters like this, having a "lean" county garage can cause some problems. Hollander agreed, noting that there are only 15 drivers available to cover all county roads outside of Columbus. He added that while other counties are able to schedule drivers to plow around the clock, that is not an option for Bartholomew County.
That said, Hollander and the commissioners agreed that the garage staff is doing a great job and that having the department staffed as-is a good move for the county.
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 5:22:45 AM
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