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Export again struggles with salt storage

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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Export officials have more road salt than they know what to do with.

With snow likely out of the weather forecast until at least late autumn, the borough still is obligated to receive about 90 tons of road salt from American Rock Salt before July 31.

But with a full storage shed and a filled salt truck, officials are running out of space.

“Right now, I don't know what to do,” Council President Barry Delissio said.

“We can probably get (some) more in there, but we would need a larger machine to push it in.”

Export was obligated to buy at least 150 tons of road salt from American Rock Salt.

Delissio said the borough didn't start buying salt under this year's contract until February — records show the borough had about 50 tons left from last year's mild winter.

At that time, American Rock Salt extended the time that communities had to pick up their salt supply until fall.

Despite an offer from Murrysville officials last year, Export stored its excess rock salt in the borough park pavilion after its annual Light Up Export Night.

Delissio said he hopes to work out an agreement for Murrysville to store some of the salt.

Bob Bell, public works director for Murrysville, said Export hasn't been in touch about storing any salt.

Bell said Murrysville isn't encountering the same problem — the municipality is 34 square miles, compared to the smaller borough it surrounds.

Export Solicitor Wes Long said the borough should consider selling some of the salt to Murrysville, since this is the second consecutive year it has been inundated with salt.

Delissio suggested renegotiating the salt contract to require the borough to buy less salt in the future.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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