Darren Doyle, story and photo
In addition to the little league discussion on the Monday, June 22nd Fiscal Court meeting, county officials also heard from County Road Foreman Ray Page as he explained problems with the county's road salt bin.
Page said the storage unit, which was built in 1972, was constructed on the lowest point of the property, which causes water to infiltrate the bin, which then leads to salt leeching into the ground, then into the ecosystem. Page said the EPA has informed the department that the bins will either have to be repaired or rebuilt, and at an estimated cost of $25,000, the county faces a difficult decision.
Judge Cannon discussed possibilities of maybe postponing any improvements until next year, with hopes of a better budget situation, but Page said fines from the EPA could exceed the projected cost of improvements that would probably need to be made asap. Page also explained many improvements and alterations the bin has undergone over the years, but the structure over 40 years old that is exposed to not only weather, but also salt has certainly seen its better days.
Cannon said he would research the matter further and discuss with Foreman Page to look at every option available to the county.
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