LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) –
Lakewood’s salt supply is running precariously low, and the city’s streets have suffered as a result.
Morton, the contracted company that provides the city’s salt, has failed to deliver the 1,000 tons back-ordered by the city.
Lakewood has now placed orders with other vendors, but not being under contract means that city isn’t high on companies’ priority list.
One of most the pedestrian-friendly cities in the state, Lakewood is dependent on the salt to keep the roadways clear and safe.
While the city waits for delivery, plow trucks have been on the streets around the clock to clear the accumulation of snow and ice. However, the removal of the final veneer of snow requires salt.
Mayor Michael Summers said that keeping the streets safe is a priority, hindered by the short supply. “We are doing everything we can do ensure the safety of our residents,” he said. “And getting a salt to clear our streets is a big part of that. Unfortunately, we have had promises repeatedly broken by Morton.”
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