Road salt prices discussed in Cadiz

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners discussed the road salt purchase process for the upcoming winter season on Wednesday and spoke briefly about the recent suspension of operations at the Cadiz Post Office.

Doug Crabtree, representing the Harrison County Engineer’s Office, came forward to speak to commissioners about purchasing supplies of road salt for winter. Crabtree said he missed the deadline to get in on the state purchasing agreement in May, and since then he has received several bids from companies seeking to supply the ice-melting mineral to the county. Crabtree said he spoke to representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation and was told the county can be put back on the state bid list for salt, in which case the county will pay $47 per ton. Crabtree brought the bids to commissioners to ask their opinion on whether to rely on a private company or the state to meet the need.

“We are recommending that we take the state purchase price and reject the bids that come in,” Crabtree said.

Commissioners reviewed several bids, including ones from Morton Salt for $76.25 a ton and American Rock Salt for $61.27 a ton. Commissioners voted to table the bids pending further discussion.

In other business, commissioners approved pay vouchers for Scott Blackburn of the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services, as well as the monthly mandated share of department funding of $3,628. Commissioners also approved an appropriations increase of $2,000 to the water and sewer district for water testing.

Commissioners also spoke briefly about the situation with the Cadiz Post Office, which suspended operations Saturday due to structural issues with the building. Commissioner Don Bethel said they had met with village of Cadiz officials that morning, so the two parties could discuss how best to resolve the situation and “get on the same page.” Cadiz Community Improvement Corp. member Ken Mason was present at the meeting and said that CIC President Mike Sliva was appointed as a point of contact for elected officials the village are reaching out to for assistance.

“We did this so that all individuals who have made contact with congressmen and elected officials have one point of contact in the village, which was chosen to be Mike Sliva,” Mason said.

Commissioner Paul Coffland assured residents that the post office shutting down was a concern for county officials as well, as several departments relied on the office to do business. Commissioners said they were happy to work with Cadiz to help solve the problem.

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Harrison County Courthouse, Cadiz.