NOAA predicting dry, average winter but Decatur preparing for worst
DECATUR- It may be months away, but the city of Decatur is prepping for winter. After the snowy winter last year, the city was forced to use almost double the amount of salt on the roads and now the salt dome is almost empty. The city should be receiving a shipment of nearly two thousand tons of salt next week to fill up the dome and has a contract for 2 thousand more tons as winter goes on. But now a ton of salt costs nearly one hundred dollars, which is a 60 percent price increase. The National Weather Service is predicting a relatively dry winter with normal temperatures. The director of Public Works says those would be optimal conditions, after a very costly winter last year.