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Municipal Sand and Salt Building Program
This program has been around since its creation by the Legislature in 1986. It is still very much alive and is jointly administered by MaineDOT and the Maine DEP. MaineDOT is involved in the building and funding perspective and the DEP is involved in the siting and prioritization of sites relative to the groundwater impacts of salt.
The status of funding is as follows:
For those “unbuilt” (and unfunded) Priority 3 towns which still are obligated to construct a facility, it is important to remember that the law has always stated that “an owner or operator (of a pile) is not in violation… if you are eligible for a state grant, and the state grant is not available.” In other words, you can wait until state funds are available before you actually build your facility. However, the “bottom line” for all towns in Priority 3 is that a facility in your town is inevitable under current law. The longer you put off the design and construction of it, the further back in the reimbursement line you will be. And, the longer you wait, the more expensive it will be for both the town and the state. As towns proceed with this project, they will be placed on the list for repayment according to the date of final submission of contract documents. In other words, the sooner you build and get in the paperwork, the sooner you will be paid. If the funds are available, MaineDOT will reimburse you at that time. If the funds are not available at the time, then MaineDOT will reimburse you in the order of document submittal when the funds become available.
Relative to technical assistance, MaineDOT has been involved in the construction and plan review for over 180 town sand/salt buildings since 1987 and we have plenty of information on building types and their pros and cons, costs, and design features. Before you tackle this issue or form a committee to build your facility, call us and we can help you with your planning process and funding. MaineDOT must review the plans prior to contract bidding (it'll take a day or two for review) and must be kept informed of your plans.
For any information on sand/salt facilities, call Pete Coughlan at MaineDOT at 624-3266.
Municipal Sand and Salt Building Information
This page last updated on 4/12/11
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