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Keeping Evanston’s salt dome stocked with road salt to help clear the city’s streets during snowfalls will be a lot more expensive this winter.

Aldermen Monday are scheduled to approve paying $64.21 a ton for salt this winter, compared to just $47.35 per ton last winter.

Public Works Director Dave Stoneback says the city’s current supplier, Morton Salt Company, was the only one of four suppliers contacted that offered to provide salt this winter.

He says says salt demand was greater than average last year which has left vendors unable to mine enough salt to meet demand this year, which has led to the big price jump.

Fortunately, Stoneback says, the salt dome is almost full right now, so the bulk of the salt purchase for the season can be deferred until the 2019 budget year.

The 7,500 tons of salt the city anticipates it will need will end up costing $481,575.

The city’s agreement with Morton Salt also lets the city cut its order by up to 30 percent, or increase it 30 percent above the base amount, depending on how much salt it needs to deal with the winter’s snow and ice.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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