BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
The City of Van Wert received some help in it's battle to get more road salt for the winter. The city was able to purchase salt from the Ohio Department of Transportation on Tuesday.
Van Wert Mayor Don Farmer confirmed Wednesday morning that 100 tons of the ice-fighting substance has been purchased and delivered. Last week Safety-Service Director Jay Fleming had reported that the city had used most of its yearly stockpile and would have to scale back on the use of salt for a couple of weeks. Last week an ODOT spokesperson confirmed to the Times Bulletin that the agency has had no issues with salt shortages this winter, despite larger than normal use.
ODOT is considering ordering an additional 210,000 tons of salt to help out other cities and towns in Ohio with similar situations. The agency is hoping this order will help everyone get through the last few weeks of winter.
On Wednesday, city snow removal equipment were hard at work clearing the city streets. Use of salt will not happen until the snow is out of the way.