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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 alive and is jointly administered by the MaineDOT and the MaineDEP. The MaineDOT is involved in the building and funding perspective and the DEP is involved in the siting and prioritization of sites relative to groundwater impacts of salt.

Relative to the MaineDOT only, this Department provides two types of assistance---- funding for certain municipal or county sites, and technical assistance for designing/constructing a building. Relative to funding, the MaineDOT has provided partial funding for over 180 town or county buildings at a State share of over $11 million since 1986. The only remaining towns/cities that are eligible for partial reimbursement are those with Priority 3 sites plus any previously built Priority 5 sites.

     
 

In June 2013, the DOT was legislatively directed to work with MaineDEP to develop a plan to bring this 27 year old Program to an end. The plan was delivered to the Legislature on February 27, 2014. LD 1817 was created and is found here. It was signed into law by the Governor on April 5, 2014 as emergency legislation.

 
     

 

Recent funding by the Legislature

  • Spring of 2001: $1.1 million---- $880,000 for Priority 2 towns and $220,000 for a couple Priority 2 and 4 towns
  • Fall of 2003: $125,000--- $100,000 for Priority 2 towns and $25,000 for a Priority 4 town and $77K for Town of Patten
  • January 2005: $600,000)--- $480,000 for the remaining Priority 1 towns and $120,000 for a few Priority 4 towns (derived from cost-saving measures and personnel savings within MaineDOT)
  • Spring 2005: $1 million--- $800,000 for Priority 2 towns and $200,000 for a few Priority 4 towns
  • Summer 2006: $1 million--- $800,000 for Priority 2 & 3 towns and $200,000 for a few Priority 4 towns
  • Summer 2009: $200,000---for priority 3 towns of Trenton and Bath
  • Spring 2011: $832,930 for eight Priority 3 towns and the last two Priority 4 towns.
  • Spring 2013: $1,193,473 for the last nine built Priority 3 towns.

The status of funding

  • Priority 1 towns -- all built and funded.
  • Priority 2 towns -- all built and funded.
  • Priority 3 towns -- scheduled to be funded next (see paragraph below)
  • Priority 4 towns -- all built and funded. For any Priority 4 town which is considering building a facility in the future, there is no longer any possibility of State MaineDOT funding. However, please call us because we can still provide lots of technical assistance.
  • Priority 5 towns -- for those towns which built prior to 1999, they are scheduled to be funded last. For any Priority 5 town which is considering building a facility in the future, there is no longer any possibility of State DOT funding. However, please call us because we can still provide lots of technical assistance.

Additional Information

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, the MaineDOT will reimburse you at that time. If the funds are not available at the time, then the MaineDOT will reimburse you in the order of document submittal when the funds become available.

Relative to technical assistance, the MaineDOT has been involved in the construction and plan review for over 200 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. The 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 or my e-mail at or peter.coughlan@maine.gov.

 

This page last updated on 4/10/14