Indiana cities searching for salt

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FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – Local municipalities are keeping an eye on their salt barns.

“It’s good to be a salt vendor these days. Last year we didn’t use all of our salt quantities. This year everyone is scrambling to find additional salt,” said Fishers Town Manager Scott Fadness.

Fadness says Fishers has plenty of salt for the foreseeable future but the town has gone through its minimum contract with the salt vendors. That means the own must purchase additional supplies on the open market.  Prices can be more costly.

“As long as we continue to get the loads in we will be fine,” he said.

The on again-off again snow showers that have blanketed Central Indiana this winter are costing towns and cities big bucks.

The City of Indianapolis released new numbers on the cost of fighting the snow that shut down Marion County between Jan. 5 and 8th. That storm cost the city $6.4 million. Most of that, $5.1 million, was spent on manpower. The city could recover $2.1 million if FEMA approves federal disaster assistance.

Either way, the Indy Snow Force budget is $7.3 million. For now, less than $1 million is left and a whole lot of winter remains.

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