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Building a Salt/Sand Facility
This information is provided by the MaineDOT as a guideline for a municipality or county to follow when it is in the process of planning, designing, and constructing a facility.
These guidelines are typical to most facilities being constructed by Maine towns and cities, but some variances do occur depending on the local needs and desires. All facilities must follow State law in 38 MRSA, Section 451-A, subsection 1-A and MaineDOT Guidelines which state that "the Department shall review and approve plans and specifications... prior to issuing any reimbursements" AND the Department may reimburse municipal and county governments... provided that the plans for the facilities receive approval from the department." If funding is available, all reimbursements will be made in a consistent and timely manner, based on the priority set by the DEP. In addition, faster processing of payments will be assured as long as the process is followed and proper documentation is received by the MaineDOT.
* State law found at http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/32/title32ch19sec0.html states under Section 1254 that a municipality MUST hire a registered Professional Engineer (PE) for any public work that costs over $100,000 or "creates an undue risk to public safety or welfare" while under construction or when complete. Most sand/salt buildings will cost over that amount and therefore a registered PE is necessary for the design of the facility. However, if your facility will cost less than that, it is still highly recommended that the town hire a registered PE for the facility design. Usually, the PE costs are 10% or less of the entire project cost and it's money well spent to ensure quality and longevity of the structure and the best long term use of taxpayers' money.
* Some towns consider NOT hiring a design/architectural firm. The belief that "we can build it cheaper and better" is common. The MaineDOT discourages this practice for several reasons because some towns have actually suffered structural problems in their "homemade" buildings and have compromised their State reimbursement. A sand/salt facility is a public facility which provides long term benefits. Local and state funds must be spent responsibly. MaineDOT Guidelines state that:
This page last updated on 1/9/13
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