The City of Sturgeon Bay is altering the way it acquires salt for winter road work. Normally, the city seeks bids in the fall, hoping to get a good price for the commodity. Bob Bordeau, Municipal Services Superintendent, says the changeover allows the city to align itself with the state’s bidding process. Bordeau says initial estimates indicate the cost for salt under the state’s auspices could be close to $65 per ton. That compares to the $134 per ton paid by the city last year. Bordeau says the salt provider also cut the city’s supply in half, but the city benefited from a mild winter and snowfall that was less frequent and in amounts smaller than usual. Bordeau says the arrangement with the state should put the city in a better position to meet the challenges of the winter season on streets and area roads, at least where salt is involved.