There are several signs that autumn is here. School starts. The leaves begin to turn. And cities start to buy rock salt for winter. The Town of Normal has budgeted $307,000 this year for road salt. Town officials say last winter was mild, with just 12 snow events. Over the last five years the average has been 19 per year and that's what the town is using as a base for its order of 5,000 tons. The town already has 3,000 tons in storage. In case you were wondering, a ton of road salt costs just under $62.
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