Commissioners OK rock salt purchase

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — At their meeting Tuesday, the Miami County Commissioners approved the purchase of rock salt for next winter.

The county accepted a quote from Compass Minerals America Inc. for the 2016-17 winter season at a price per ton of $55.89.

“The price is 25 percent less than it was last year,” County Engineer Paul Huelskamp said. “This represents a substantial savings.

Last year, the county contracted with Compass Minerals America at $70 per ton — down from $115 per ton the winter before.

The county engineer is a member of the Southwest Ohio Purchasing for Government (SWOP4G), a cooperative purchasing group.

SWOP4G received and opened bids for rock salt in June. Five bids were received for 130,175 tons of salt for the 77 member entities.

Entities in Miami County received a total of just over $70,000 in rock salt settlement funds last year. More than 800 Ohio public entities received settlement funds as part of the attorney general’s $11.5 million settlement to resolve an antitrust lawsuit against Cargill Inc. and Morton Salt Inc. over past rock salt prices.

By Cecilia Fox

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