Wednesday, November 07, 2001

Kenton County makes sure it can have enough salt

Caught short in 1994, officials vote to build $139,000 storage dome

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        INDEPENDENCE — Chris Warneford remembers when Kenton County ran out of road salt.

        Kenton County Fiscal Court does, too, and passed an ordinance Tuesday to try to make sure it doesn't happen again.

        The county spent nearly $139,000 for a new salt dome, which will be built at the public works department at 420 Independence Station Road.

        A Minnesota company, Dome Corp. of North America, won the bid. The new dome will hold 2,000 tons of salt — about 1,600 tons more than the dome now holds.

        Mr. Warneford, the county's public works director, said a 2,000-ton dome would have come in handy in 1994, when barges carrying salt were stuck upstream on the Ohio River. That meant the county had to go to a local concrete company and buy a mixture of sand and calcium chloride.

        “That's every public works (department's) nightmare,” Mr. Warneford said.

        Many Kenton County cities — including Edgewood, Fort Wright, Fort Mitchell and Villa Hills — buy salt from the county. Mr. Warneford said the rate this winter would be between $39 and $42 a ton.

        Covington has a separate contract.

        • In an unrelated matter, Judge-executive Dick Murgatroyd said the county had not yet received a Southbank Partners report on a Covington site for a new jail.

        The report recommended a two-block Covington site bounded by Pike, Washington, Eighth and Russell streets. Mr. Murgatroyd said the county likely would receive the report early next week.

        Mr. Murgatroyd said the county would not vote on the site until the Covington City Commission does. The next commission meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday.


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