3 months ago by Bob Gough
Last winter cleaned out the supply and there's a shortage nationwide
While the late July Monday evening was mild, it certainly wasn't cold enough to think about winter.
But the Quincy City Council had to vote to spend $342,000 for 3,600 tons of road salt because supplies are projected to be low this winter.
The bid is $95 a ton for the salt from an outside vendor. Prices are ranging between $70 and $140 a ton to purchase from the state. The City was unable to get in on the state bid because other municipalites are making requests above what they made last year.
The City called 14 salt vendors and 10 already had their supplies committed elsewhere.
Richie Reis of Central Services said the salt needed to be purchased now before it ran out. Reis also said the city was trying to acquire another 1,000 tons from the state, but it was far from certain they city would be able to attain it.
According to Illinois Review, The Illinois Department of Central Management Services this month informed many city and county officials in charge buying road salt that no vendors responded to their requests for bids.
Aldermen also approved a bid of $7,362 for Niemann General Contracting to replace a concrete sidewalk on City Hall Plaza.
Director of Engineering and Utilities Jeff Conte said the City was bringing in outside help on this job because the sidewalk is directly above the Quincy Police Department.
The Council gave second reading for an ordinance regulating medical marijuana cultivation centers. It is expected to give the fhird and final reading next week.