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City of Sikeston has trouble finding salt, buys tons at higher price

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

The city of Sikeston, Missouri had to buy 200 tons of salt at a higher price than usual because they had trouble finding salt to buy.

Sikeston Public Works Director Jay Lancaster proposed to the Sikeston City Council to buy 100 tons of rock salt for the city on Monday. He said they had trouble finding rock salt to buy throughout the U.S. since the last winter when they used so much salt.

The price for a ton of salt for a company out of Texas is $155. This is the only salt the city has been able to find to buy at this time.

The last winter was harsh on Sikeston and Lancaster said they are needing more salt for the upcoming winter.

At $155 a ton, this price is higher than what they would like to spend.

Lancaster said they usually try to gather 250 tons of rock salt for the average winter. However, at these prices, Lancaster wants to buy a little now and keep looking to hopefully find some available later at a better price.

Fifty-tons of salt are used per event on average when hitting critical areas, mainly throughout the city. The city has only 30 to 50 tons on hand right now.

A motion by the council to pre-purchase 200 tons of salt was agreed upon since the availability of salt in the future was unknown.

This leaves 50 tons of salt to be acquired to reach the average amount bought by the city each winter.

City council members feel it's best to be safe and buy 200 tons while they can now at a higher price and hopefully be able to find more later in the year. Members say with the change this winter may be unusually bad, it's better to be safe than sorry.

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