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South Charleston can’t get salt, council told

By By Marta Tankersley
Staff writer

The city of South Charleston may not have salt to treat roads this winter, city council was warned Thursday.

“There seems to be a major shortage,” Mayor Frank Mullens said. “We haven’t even been able to get a bid. And the price has skyrocketed, more than doubled.”

Mullens said the city has about 100 tons left from last winter, but “that might last one night.”

He said salt suppliers normally mine only what they have orders for, from each respective municipality, but that this year, the city hasn’t been able to even place an order.

“We have a lot of irons in the fire,” Mullens said. “The West Virginia Municipal League is also trying to help.

“I’ve been told the whole state of Michigan hasn’t received any bids,” he continued. We are working to resolve this issue, even checking about getting salt from Egypt. Hopefully we will have better report next time we meet.”

In other business, council:

· Approved the vacating of an alley to make way for the Sheetz convenience store construction.

· Approved the closure of sections of Seventh Avenue near the mound for Summerfest from Wednesday, Aug. 13 through Saturday, Aug. 16. The city also will waive the open container laws for Oaks and Ashby Streets during the event, as is the custom.

· Reappointed local principal Mellow Lee to the Library Board.

· Witnessed the swearing in of a new police officer, Jordan Edens, 22. One more policeman will be hired by December to bring the department up to full staff, Police Chief Brad Rinehart said.

Reach Marta Tankersley at, 304-348-1249 or follow @MartaRee on Twitter.

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