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UA will spend $260,000 to replace old salt barn

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Upper Arlington will spend $260,000 to replace its only salt barn, which is unsafe, according to the city's public services director.

Upper Arlington City Council unanimously approved the expenditure Monday, Aug. 26. The new salt storage facility will be built at the city's public services department complex, 4100 Roberts Road.

It will replace a salt barn that Upper Arlington Public Services Director Darryl Hughes said is well over 30 years old.

"We took a look at it after the first of the year," Hughes said. "At that time, we noticed it had a sag in the roof.

"We had it inspected by structural engineers this spring. It's beyond repair at this point."

The salt barn project was approved by consent agenda as part of city Finance and Administrative Services Director Cathe Armstrong's mid-year budget review.

Although the work originally wasn't included in the 2013 budget, the city had additional room for it after Armstrong reported to council Aug. 19 that revenue -- fueled primarily by estate and income taxes -- is coming in higher than projected.

"We anticipate revenue now is going to be about $2.6 million higher this year," Armstrong said at an Aug. 19 council conference session.

Hughes said the new barn will measure 50-feet by 60-feet, which is the same size as the old facility.

"(The old barn) actually is collapsing in some areas," he said at the council conference session. "It's to the point we have to replace it. It's unsafe."

During the conference session, several council members asked Hughes if the city could save money by sharing a salt barn with a nearby community, such as Grandview or Hilliard.

After review, Hughes last Thursday said those barns are at or near capacity for their own community's salt needs.

"We hope to have the barn completed before the end of this year," he said.

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