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Sign Up for COSTARS Salt Contract by March 15

Thursday January 9th, 2014

Townships should start thinking now about next year's winter weather and road safety. Get started by signing up for the COSTARS road salt contract, which has helped more than a thousand municipalities cut their costs and guarantee adequate supplies.

Townships have until March 15 to complete the program’s 2014-2015 Salt Participation Agreement, which is posted on the COSTARS members page. Under the contract, the state Department of General Services will secure more than 1 million tons of salt this year for the state Department of Transportation and local governments.

[Note: While only registered members may participate in the commonwealth’s salt contract, it takes just minutes for townships to sign up for COSTARS, the state’s cooperative purchasing program. To learn more, go to the COSTARS website or call toll-free (866) 768-7827.]

Flexible contracts

To participate in next season’s salt contract, townships must fill out a simple one-page document that can be completed and submitted electronically.

Although legally binding, the contract has built-in flexibility. For example, participants are obligated to purchase only 60 percent of their stated needs but may buy up to 140 percent at the contracted price. Townships may use liquid fuels funds to purchase the materials.

DGS goes to bid in the spring and awards the salt contracts, by county, in July. The contract is posted on the COSTARS website in early August.

For more information, call toll-free (866) 768-7827.