Salt shed rising in Ravenna

ODOT building shed; city to buy commercial scale

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

In about 10 days, the roof should be raised on Ravenna's new salt shed.

Service Director Kelly Engelhart said the shed is part of the city's partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation, which shares the city's service garage on Oakwood Drive.

The 7,000-square-foot dome is being built by ODOT at no cost to the city and is expected to be complete in about 10 days, she said.

In return, the city is purchasing a drive-on commercial scale to measure the salt going out of the building.

In addition to ODOT and Ravenna, others sharing in the purchase of salt are the Ravenna School District, Ravenna Township, Robinson Memorial Hospital, Waterloo schools and Maplewood Career Center. ODOT will purchase the salt at state bid and charge each entity for how much salt it uses. The scale will help keep track of how much salt each entity buys, Engelhart said.

The system is expected to become fully operational in January. Until then, the city and ODOT will be using the city's old salt shed on Spruce Street, plus a small salt shed on the street department's site.

The collaboration is saving the city about $200,000, since the salt shed previously had been a planned capital expenditure.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com

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