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Bolingbrook Buys Another 500 Tons of Rock Salt

With about a month left of winter, more snow means more salt for Bolingbrook.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
A rough winter has prompted the Village of Bolingbrook to spend another $25,275 on rock salt.

Due to extreme winter weather, the village board last week approved the purchase of 500 tons of bulk rock salt from Cargill, Inc. Salt Division through the Illinois joint purchasing program. 

According to village documents, the purchase is an additional 20 percent over the original contract with Cargill.

Bolingbrook isn't the only municipality struggling with the rough winter, which walloped the village with even more snow on Monday.

Earlier this month, the City of Joliet said it had already gone through 13,000 tons of salt and had another shipment on order. In Plainfield, by mid-January, the village was already at 50 percent of its typical salt use.

"There's no surprise here, we need more rock salt," Mayor Roger Claar said at last week's village board meeting, according to the Chicago Tribune. According to the paper, Claar acknowledged that he's gotten complaints about plowed snow — not snow plows themselves — causing damage to mailboxes in Bolingbrook.

It's unclear how much salt Bolingbrook has gone through this winter.

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