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The Rundown - Oct. 22, 2019
The Rundown is a quick summary of the most recent meeting of the Board of Trustees for subscribers of West Chester's e-newsletter.  

The West Chester Board of Trustees approved nearly $140,000 for tools to fight winter road conditions.

Hopefully the snow is a few months away, but West Chester is thinking ahead.

Trustees approved the purchase of $100,000 in road salt from Cargill, Inc. West Chester benefits from purchasing salt through a county-wide contract negotiated by the Butler County Engineer’s Office. The contract price this season is $73.21 per ton dumped, up from $62.98 in 2018-2019.

At last year’s price, West Chester purchased and took delivery of 3,143 tons of road salt. West Chester’s salt domes are currently filled (more than 4,000 tons) taking advantage of the $62.98 per ton price.

The purchase order approved by Trustees on Tuesday, Oct. 22, will be used as needed to refill the domes. Here’s how road salt prices have panned out over the past decade:


Amount Purchased (Tons)

Price per Ton Dumped

2011 – 2012



2012 – 2013



2013 – 2014



2014 – 2015



2015 – 2016



2016 – 2017



2017 – 2018



2018 – 2019



2019 - 2020


In addition to road salt, Trustees approved a $13,000 purchase of liquid calcium chloride from Univar Solutions USA Inc. West Chester will pay $0.965 per gallon on a 4,000 gallon delivery. Calcium chloride is used to pre-wet road salt at temperatures below 25 degrees. Brine is not effective at colder temperatures.

The Board of Trustees also approved $25,000 to be used, as needed, to hire on-call snow plow contractors to help clear West Chester’s 600 cul-de-sacs. Sub-contractors are called in when snowfall comes over a period of several days making it a challenge to keep all of the township’s designated snow plow routes cleared.

These on-call snow plow contractors are paid $17.00 per hour and must meet specific hiring requirements. Those interested should call Community Services at 513-777-8765.


  • Approved $34,099.21 in legal fees with Frost Brown Todd, LLC for legal services through September 30.

  • Purchased data storage from Violin Systems, Inc. ($22,572) and renewed service and support with Kronos Incorporated ($16,294) for payroll functions of public safety departments.

  • Approved a one-year subscription, support and hosting service for the township website from Granicus Inc. ($8,022.35).

Find a link to the official meeting minutes online at or watch a video broadcast the meeting in its entirety below.