CLEVELAND, OH — Painesville’s Public Works Department will be utilizing a new city salt storage facility this fall.
It will be constructed behind the Painesville Electric Plant off 325 Richmond Street. The former shed was located at 459 Storrs Street next to the Public Works Garage. The department deemed it was beyond repair earlier this spring after operating for more than 35 years.
On May 3, Painesville City Council approved getting a contract with Accel Building Systems. They will handle the construction of the new salt storage facility, which can hold up to 2,000 tons of salt.
Ryan Tiedman, Director of Painesville Public Works, said that at this point, the current salt shed is long beyond its life expectancy and is unrepairable. He also added, “Then new storage facility will allow us to store significantly more salt. It will also be more efficient because the orientation of the facility will better protect the salt from the elements, which means less runoff and wind erosion.”
Initially, the Storrs Street salt shed was built in two phases starting in 1985 and ending in 1988. There were cables and turnbuckles installed in 2003 to help extend the structure’s life, which held about 900 tons of salt.
In the spring of 2021, the structure was considered unable to be repaired by the City Engineer and the consulting engineering firm Burgess & Niple. They agreed that any action to the structure would risk the integrity of the building and the safety of city personnel.
The new salt storage facility’s estimated cost is $200,000 and is scheduled for completion by September 1, 2021.