HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - The Hunterdon County freeholder board authorized the award of a $436,590 county contract bid for rock salt supply to Morton Salt, Inc. to spread this upcoming winter.

County Purchasing Agent Ray Rule explained that a good price was achieved in the bid process, as 25 of Hunterdon’s 26 municipalities, plus one school district (Clinton Township Public Schools) participated in this shared-service bid, under the Hunterdon County Cooperative Pricing program.

“The new price per-ton of salt is $48.51 which is a reduction of $2.08 per ton,” Rule said.  

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“This shared service the county provides attracts a lot of participation, as just about every entity has a need for salt supply for the winters,” said Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren.

He said he’s glad the county cooperative pricing was successful for municipalities.

In addition, the freeholders have approved the acquisition of a utility police Interceptor for the Sheriff's Department. Rule noted that the contract amount not to exceed $45,800 includes all law enforcement outfitting for the new vehicle, such as police lighting, prisoner divider insert and more vehicle equipment.

The new vehicle acquisition was identified and approved in the 2020 capital budget, and it replaces a 2006 model year Ford Explorer with 170,000 miles. The county is buying the new Interceptor for Sheriff Fred Brown’s department from Beyer Ford, in Morristown.