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Retailers, city running low on salt supplies

Feb. 27, 2008

Salt supplies are dwindling citywide.

St. Francis City Engineer Melinda Dejewski said there are many city streets that are ice covered and bumpy.

"We need to just have people drive slow - salt won't work on the ice, we're doing the best to scrape it," she said. "We're trying to keep our salt supply to the point where we're prepared for the next storm."

The city is not out of salt, but workers are blending salt with sand to stretch the supply.

"We're doing the best efforts that we can," she said.

Several area businesses, however, are out of salt for consumer purchase.

Vi Schlecht, assistant manager at Greg's True Value Hardware, said the store is completely out of salt, and supplies are not being replenished.

"Everybody I've talked to is out," she said.

Mayor Al Richards said he has visited several stores, searching for more salt without success.

"I don't know where you can buy any, even for your home," he said. "Everybody wants salt - we all need it."

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