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Elburn salt supplies low; delivery of more runs late

Village waiting on delivery

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 11:39 p.m. CDT

ELBURN – The harsh winter season has affected Elburn’s salt supply. The village already has gone through more than 300 tons, and its superintendent of public works, John Nevenhoven, said Tuesday that Elburn’s supplier has been late with its shipments.

Nevenhoven was giving his department’s fourth-quarter report at the village’s Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday night.

After the meeting, he went into more detail with reporters. He said 280 tons had been delivered this season. He said the village is waiting on another 150 tons from the supplier, Cargill. Nevenhoven said the order was more than a week late.

Asked whether the village was in danger of running out of salt, Nevenhoven said it’s not something he could answer definitively.

“Tell me what the weather is going to be for the next six weeks,” he said, adding that “it’s all weather-dependent.” Nevenhoven did say that the village had never run out of salt in the time that he had been with the department, and he said this is his sixth winter there.

Elburn isn’t the only municipality with such an issue. A news release issued Tuesday by the city of Aurora stated that a regional salt shortage was affecting the city’s snowplowing, and “officials are alerting residents that the use of salt for the foreseeable future will be focused on primary streets with very conservative salting taking place in residential areas.”

In Elburn, Nevenhoven said he told Village President Dave Anderson that “the streets will not be running black and wet,” meaning they might not be completely cleared of snow.

During the meeting, board member Ken Anderson asked Nevenhoven whether it might make sense to let residents know that the plowing and salting might be only at intersections instead of entire roads. Nevenhoven said the village already had been strategic in its plowing, focusing on areas near stop signs, school bus stops, hills and intersections.

In other news, Village Board members advanced an item to the next board meeting’s consent agenda, which would provide the village president the ability to grant variances to the liquor ordinance for specific planned events.

The license holder must provide a written request for the variance. Dave Anderson said if he had a situation that would make him uncomfortable he would take it to the board.

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