A new, bigger salt barn would help Liberty Township keep its roads clear in the winter, officials say.

A new, bigger salt barn would help Liberty Township keep its roads clear in the winter, officials say.

A May 21 meeting of the board of trustees included discussion about the possibility of building a new salt storage facility to replace the township's existing building, which can't hold enough salt to keep up with township needs, leaders said.

No decisions have been made on whether to build a new facility.

The existing building holds only 500 tons of salt, even after several expansions. Township growth has greatly increased the need for salt, so a new building ideally would hold about at least three times that much, said Randy Leib, township roads superintendent.

Because of its small capacity, the existing facility must be refilled about three times per year on average. A new facility ideally would be filled once per year, Leib said.

Transportation delays sometimes can be problematic when stores are running low, township administrator Dave Anderson said.

"Now we just time salt delivery as best we can and cross our fingers and get on our knees and pray we get a delivery on time when we're getting low," Anderson said.

One idea is to build a facility modeled after a salt barn recently installed in Berkshire Township, which features a curved tarp roof, Leib said.

Potential locations for a new facility also are being explored, he said. The existing storage unit is on the grounds of the township offices at 10104 Brewster Lane, but the lot probably isn't big enough for a larger facility.

The township would seek a centralized location if it decides to proceed.

The need for salt could vary greatly from year to year, Leib said. Last winter, the township used relatively little salt because of the mild winter.

In related business, the trustees approved plans to enter a joint purchasing agreement through the Ohio Department of Transportation to purchase salt for next year.

The agreement helps participating municipalities save on salt by purchasing the product in bulk.

Liberty Township is requesting 650 tons of salt for next winter, based on estimated need.

In other business, trustees:

* Agreed to let the Great American Premier Softball Showcase use Liberty Park for tournament games July 13-15. The organization will pay about $1,400 for the deal.

* Approved the $2,590.43 purchase of Internet security software for the township.