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Sign Up for COSTARS Salt Contract by March 15

Tuesday January 31st, 2017

Townships have until March 15 to complete COSTAR's 2017-2018 Salt Participation Agreement, which is posted on the COSTARS members page at www.dgs.pa.gov. 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.

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.

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.

COSTARS members may realize additional savings, too, by piggybacking on more than 250 other state contracts for such commodities and services as tires, computers, gasoline, aggregates, vehicles, power equipment, office supplies, food, and equipment maintenance. Townships should note that the road salt contract is the only COSTARS agreement that requires an advance commitment.

For more information about COSTARS, go to www.dgs.pa.gov and click on “Cooperative Purchasing/COSTARS” in the “Business Links” column or call toll-free (866) 768-7827.