Salt scale purchase to benefit Ravenna

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

The city of Ravenna is buying a scale that will measure the salt coming out of the new salt shed being constructed on city property.

On Monday, Ravenna City Council approved the purchase of the scale for about $43,000. The money will come from four separate funds in the city's budget.

Service Director Kelly Engelhart said the scale is part of the city's partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation, which shares the city's service garage on Oakwood Drive.

ODOT, which last year moved back into the site it had once occupied, agreed to build a 7,000-square-foot salt shed behind the garage at no cost to the city. In addition to ODOT and Ravenna, others sharing in the purchase of salt from the facility include Ravenna School District, Ravenna Township, Robinson Memorial Hospital, Waterloo schools and Maplewood Career Center. ODOT will purchase the salt at state bid and charge each entity for how much salt it uses. The scale will help keep track of how much salt each entity buys, Engelhart said.

The collaboration is saving the city about $200,000, since the salt shed previously had been a planned capital expenditure.

In other business, council confirmed Mayor Joe Bica's selections for appointment of seven individuals to two city commissions.

Jim Ervin, Karen Wise, Mike Prendergast, John Griffin and John Plough were appointed to the shade tree commission, while Katie Hayes and Jack Schafer were named to the planning commission.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com

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