Shaler spent nearly double its salt budget this winter

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As he closed the Shaler commissioners meeting Tuesday night, manager Tim Rogers said, “I’m glad winter, with the exception of one more day, is finally over.

“We purchased $760,000 worth of road salt,” he said. “That is nearly double our $400,000 budget. That’s in addition to the $165,000 overtime budget.”

Part of that overtime was spent plowing when salt supplies became low.

Mr. Rogers said crews started rationing their use of road salt in order to keep road surfaces clear.

“I tip my hat to our public works crew as well as the residents," he said. "I had only one email complaint.”

Salt is no longer in short supply in the township. Mr. Rogers said it is now flowing out the door of the salt dome.

In other action, commissioners passed several resolutions and ordinances to prepare roads and parks for spring and summer.

A. Folino Construction was unanimously awarded a $98,960 contract to excavate and refinish the tennis and basketball courts at Kiwanis Park. Plans call for more than 7 inches of materials to be excavated and replaced with new stone and asphalt. New hoops and backboards will be added at the basketball courts. The work will be done in early spring so the materials have time to set before the pool opens in May.

Concrete will be replaced around the Crawford Pool by Excalibur Construction. The $24,250 job is being done to spruce up the 50-year-old pool in time for the July 6 communitywide celebration.

Kevin Creagh, township engineer, said he is working on a storm sewer project along Scott Avenue and compiling the road paving list. He said some of the funding for the project was eaten up by winter maintenance costs so paving work will be kept in the $1 million range.

Details of those projects will be on the agenda when the commissioners next meet at 7 p.m. April 8 in the municipal building.

Rita Michel, freelance writer,

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