Bethel Park keeping eye on salt supply

Published Jan 28, 2014 at 10:00 am (Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 10:00 am)

Bethel Park municipal officials, like officials throughout the Northeast, are taking stock of their road salt supplies and anticipating deliveries that are being held up because of weather conditions.

“We’re fortunate that we have some salt and we have been able to stretch it,” said Bill Spagnol, municipal manager,.

The municipality had approximately 3,000 tons left, Spagnol said Jan. 27, when he briefed council members.

“We used 1,000 tons on (Jan. 25) and the snow just kept coming and coming,” he said.

Jerry Duke, municipal planner, said the public works employees have been using the oldest salt in the stockpile first.

“It’s in relatively good quality,” Duke said.

The extreme cold and the fact that storms have been more or less continuous have greatly depleted the salt stockpiles, he explained.

“It’s been a tough winter,” Duke said.

In other matters, council continues to interview possible appointees for the Ward 2 council seat left vacant by Jack Allen’s election to mayor.

Council is considering selling a portion of property adjacent to Millennium Park to developers who are revitalizing the Cool Springs Golf Center.

An ordinance regulating the feeding of wildlife is expected to be on the agenda for Feb. 10 council meeting. The ordinance includes a provision for feral cats and mandates that anyone feeding the animals must have them spayed or neutered and immunized.

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