During Tuesday’s board meeting, Spring Valley village Mayor Demeza Delhomme told the audience that although the village’s Department of Public Works ran out of its road salt, residents need not to worry about impending snowstorm because he has successfully negotiated with the town of Ramapo to let the village borrow some of its reserved salt.
“All we have to do is to bring our trucks, load it up and take care of business,” Delhomme said.
Ramapo town Highway Superintendent Tony Sharan confirmed the deal Wednesday afternoon.
Though the amount would depend on the severity of the storm — and whether freezing rain falls — Sharan estimated Spring Valley could receive up to 30 tons.
“It’s a public safety issue,” Sharan said. “I’m going to give him what he needs.”
Spring Valley DPW trucks will have to haul from the town’s salt shed in Tallman.
Lending salt to a local village whose supplies are running low is nothing new. Sloatsburg, another village in Ramapo, borrowed 50 tons last month and recently repaid it in kind.
The town also makes salt available to Suffern and Airmont when they are in need.
In the past week, the town has doubled its salt supply to 2,000 tons, minimizing fears of a region-wide shortage. Back orders have begun to show up, and more salt is sitting on barges in the port waiting to be unloaded, Sharan said.
Staff writer Khurram Saeed contributed reporting this article.