At Wednesday’s council meeting the town made the move official, and chief administrative officer David Harris is optimistic they’ll hear back from the Department of Municipal Affairs sometime in the next few weeks.
If approved, the project will be included under a 60-40 per cent cost share with the province. The new salt dome is expected to cost about $650,000.
The town was forced to make a move to build its own salt and sand storage facility this year after the province advised municipalities they would no longer able to rent space from the department.
For years, the Town of Clarenville paid rent to the department to store salt in the salt dome off Manitoba Drive. They paid $5 per tonne, amounting to about $15,000 annually, along with another $15,000 for wastage and other environmental factors, Mayor Frazer Russell told The Packet earlier this year.
The new site for about 3,000 tonnes of road salt will be on the Hardwoods Road area, near the town’s public works department.
Earlier this year, the town allotted money in their annual budget for the shed because they wanted it built this year, but now are hoping to include it in the capital works funding projects.
Harris says he’s working with officials from the province’s municipal affairs department to work out the logistics of the funding.
“The end of August is their deadline,” Harris told council at last week’s meeting.
Council will award the tender for the foundation work for the dome on Tuesday, Aug. 15.