McDonald buys salt with gas drilling impact money

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McDonald council members voted tonight to use $12,000 from natural gas drilling impact fees to pay for road salt.

It was the borough’s first use of any of the $42,400 collected in Marcellus Shale impact fees under the state’s Act 13. McDonald does not contain any gas wells.

Council president Marilou Ritchie said remaining Act 13 money will help fund major street repairs this fall.

Salt bills this year total $22,000—more than the $13,000 originally budgeted, officials said.

Andrea Iglar, freelance writer:

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