Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 4, 2014

City running low on road salt

Tony Huffman
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Effingham City Council wasted no time during a brief meeting Tuesday as discussion quickly turned to weather and a salt shortage in the city.

“We are running low,” said Director of Public Works Steve Miller.

Miller said barges that bring salt into Illinois have been delayed because of frozen waterways. With only 80 of 350 tons of salt left, only main roads will be salted until the city receives more.

“We are just trying to stretch the salt as far as it can go,” said Miller, who added they are expecting a salt shipment any day. “I don't remember a year that we have used this much.”

  Snow plow drivers were put on longer 12-hour shifts Tuesday and will run through the night into Wednesday.

  In other news, the council:

 • Approved the issuance of a liquor license to new Scrubby's Pub owner Colby Patterson. Patterson previously came before the council at the Dec. 3 meeting and informed them that he would be purchasing the bar. He requested a classification change from B, bar consumption sales only, to B-1, which allows for consumption and the sale of package liquor.