Fostoria council purchases more salt

FOSTORIA — Due to a salt mine leak under Lake Erie near Cleveland – the city of Fostoria has been forced to find another salt supplier for the winter season.

Fostoria City Council Tuesday passed an ordinance to allow the purchase of 1,000 tons of rock salt from Holcomb Materials of Port Clinton for $123,000 without bidding. The city was not able to renew its contract with last year’s supplier due to shortages.

Due to last year’s extreme conditions and drops in production, the price of salt has increased up to 300 percent per ton. The city believes that buying rock salt in large quantities helps control the price increases and, also using the remaining supply from last year, puts the city in position to keep the roads safe for its residents.

In other business:

• Safety Service Director Deb Hellman reminded those in attendance that there is one week left for candidates to apply for the vacant at-large council position.

• Council heard the first reading to enter into a contract with JBL for emergency medical services.

• Council heard a first reading of legislation to enter into a lease-purchase agreement of a used ambulance for the fire division.

• Council heard a second reading adopting an amendment to the financial recovery plan.

• A second reading also was given to fiscal year 2019 permanent appropriations.