HOMEWOOD | The Village Board gave its approval to purchase extra road salt and calcium chloride to ensure the Public Works Department has ample supplies to keep village streets clear of snow and ice during the winter months.
The purchase will use Motor Fuel Tax revenues the village receives from the state. In all, some $121,000 will be spent for the rest of the current fiscal year which runs through April 30.
Trustees gave the purchase a 4-0 vote, with trustees Jay Heiferman and Tom Kataras absent for Tuesday’s Village Board meeting.
Village officials said they had less than 250 tons of salt left, and that each time it snows they go through about 60 tons. Public Works crews had stopped putting salt on residential streets to conserve their supply for the main streets.
That is similar to how Lansing in recent weeks is conserving its salt supply by only using it on main streets and residential intersections.
Homewood Public Works officials had said their salt budget was already about $234,000 too high for this winter season.
In other business, the Village Board voted without opposition to approve a special use permit to allow for a physical fitness center to be located at 18400 Governors Highway in the Cherry Creek strip mall.
Community Development Director Paula Walrich said she saw an irony in the fact that the storefront being converted was once a store that sold Sara Lee-brand cheesecakes and other pastries. “Isn’t that fitting,” she quipped.