HARRODSBURG — With a winter storm watch on hand for Thursday, members of the Harrodsburg City Commission and Mayor Eddie Long are concerned about the city’s depleted road salt reserves.
“We’ve already gone through 90 percent of our allotted salt budget for this year,” said Commissioner Charlie Mattingly, who oversees the Public Works Department. “Just to put things into perspective, last year at this time, we only went through 20 percent of our salt budget.”
Other Kentucky counties reported salt shortages as early as mid-December. Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Laurel and Whitley County officials had to stop treating secondary roads more than a month ago.
Mercer County might be better off than some other counties, but Mattingly said the situation is a unique one for Harrodsburg.
“I don’t know if we’ve ever run out (of road salt) and if so, I can’t tell you the last time,” he said.