Even with a series of conservation measures in place, Cranberry used more than 7,600 tons of rock salt last year to maintain Township-owned roads – well above its average of 4,500 tons. Cranberry’s Public Works department is already hard at work preparing for the coming winter months. At their August 27 meeting, the Township’s Board of Supervisors approved a bid from Cargill, Inc. to replenish its salt supply at a hefty $79.29 a ton – 27 percent above the 2013 contract rate. The price was negotiated by the SHACOG Purchasing Alliance, a consortium of local government who pool their buying power to secure lowest pricing. Cargill was the only supplier to bid on the SHACOG contract. For more information, contact Public Works Director Jason Dailey at Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org.