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New home sought for road salt shed
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Frank Southard - photo by Lisa Hobbs

With the Blue Building property heading toward new ownership, McMinnville Public Works Department is looking to relocate its road salt.

“I need to build a new salt shed,” said Public Works director Frank Southard. “The old salt shed is on the property of the Blue Building.”

The city of McMinnville has agreed to sell the Blue Building property to Investment Partners. That agreement includes a smaller lot located next to McMinnville Aluminum & Vinyl where the department stores its road salt reserves. 

Presented to members of the city Streets and Sanitation Committee were two bids on a dome-like structure with a back wall and open front. 

Southard recommended approval of ClearSpan’s bid of $8,482. 

“I think I’ve got the money in the budget to do this through Street Aid,” said Southard. “We need this as soon as possible. We need to get the salt out of the shed that’s at the Blue Building.”

According to city recorder Shirley Durham, Street Aid is a restrictive account and can only be used on items related to streets, such as salt during winter, paving, purchasing and maintaining equipment for mowing right-of-ways, or purchasing street cleaning equipment, and not a structure to house those items. 

Streets and Sanitation Committee members tabled the measure to allow Southard time to examine his budget in search of the $8,482 needed.