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Canastota: Road salt rationed

Although the village of Canastota had its order in for road salt last August, getting it is another story.

"They don't have any," said Mayor Todd Rouse, "and what they do get they are rationing."

During the regular board meeting March 3, Rouse told board members the village contracts through the state of New York for its salt supply. The village pre-purchased 1,200 tons of salt to be delivered twice; once in October and then again in February or March, depending on the usage. But because of the high demand out west, salt supplies are low.

"We are not alone," Rouse said. "But we should make it through the end of March."

Department of Public Works Superintendent Ron Bennett said he called the village's supplier, IMUS Inc. several times and finally received a call back.

"I tried to get another 150 tons, but the guy would not commit," Bennett said. "He said we are going to get it but he can't tell us when."

Bennett said in October 900 ton of the salt mixture or "Clearlane" was ordered, 800 ton for the village and another 100 ton for the school, which is housed at the DPW's salt storage shed.

"We are down to about 100 ton, enough for about five or six times out," Bennett said. "We are keeping our fingers crossed that we make it through March."

Bennett said he called around to the Chittenango DPW and the county Highway Department and everyone is in the same boat.

County highway Superintendent Joe Wisinski said his department received 100 ton for each division, or the northern and southern ends of the county on March 5.

"We have a little bit," Wisinski said. How long it lasts, he said, depends on the weather.

"We can get by with a slighter application rate," Wisinski said.

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