Hanover is running out of salt

HANOVER – Spring could not come sooner for some residents but highway departments are looking forward to warmer temperatures, as well. Hanover Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo said the town has been having problems getting salt.

“Hopefully this (weather) is going to end soon,” he said. “It’s been a very expensive winter.”

D’Angelo explained North American Salt, whose headquarters is in Illinois, is the vendor for this year compared to American Rock Salt last year. Currently, the town is at 100 percent capacity of salt ordered and has run out.

D’Angelo said he ordered six more tractor trailer loads of salt, but only received three loads; the rest of the order was canceled by North American Salt.

He then ordered four additional loads of salt and was assured the first of those loads should be delivered to the town in the near future. Since the town is at 100 percent of its allotment, getting more salt may be a problem and cost more.

“Seeing as we are at 100 percent of our allotment, we are allowed to buy 20 percent over giving us 120 percent of our allotment. Certainly within these four loads that I have coming, that is going to use our 20 percent up,” D’Angelo explained. “After the 120 percent is met, they will increase our salt order by another 20 percent but that is 10 percent more per load. That won’t devastate us – you’re talking $5 or $6 per ton. If you go through that 20 percent, then the next allotment that we get will be 15 percent …”

D’Angelo said the town has already gone through 600 tons of sand, in addition to all the salt. He said some of the town’s equipment has already logged more than 6,000 miles this season and a lot of parts have had to be replaced or worked on. D’Angelo said he thought the town trucks were in good shape and is unsure how some towns with older fleets – some as old as 20 years – are coping with this winter. While the town has used its salt allotment, D’Angelo plans to operate as normal ahead of this week’s expected snow storm.

“I can’t see at this point starting to scrimp on our sanding and salting of our roads. We’re still going to keep going just like we have been. I think the residents in the town deserve to have good roads to drive on in the winter,” D’Angelo said.

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