Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler is shopping for less expensive road salt to use this winter. He told the county commissioners he’s already got one contract in place through the state bid process but is attempting to negotiate better prices with other suppliers who lost out on the state bid. Salt prices spiked this year as a result of last year’s harsh winter. Suppliers were contractually bound last season to sell salt at the agreed-upon price, so they are trying to recoup some of their losses. Ritzler told the commissioners he’s also ordering equipment and supplies necessary for the winter season. Crews are also starting to haul in sand, and he’s coordinating with the schools in the county to prepare snow plow routes and turnaround repairs. Ritzler adds initial long-range weather forecasts indicate a slightly colder winter with below normal snowfall levels.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.