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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.
Recent funding by the Legislature
The status of funding
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.
For any information on sand/salt facilities, call Pete Coughlan at MaineDOT at 624-3266 or my e-mail at or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page last updated on 7/3/13
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