WARREN - A ribbon-cutting was held recently for the new salt winter storage dome at the county engineer's North River Road office.
County officials from the engineer's office, construction and engineering officials for the project and county commissioners were on hand for the ceremony.
The 100-by-200-foot building that reaches around 40 feet high will be ready to store salt and granulated slag for snow and ice control this winter, said Gary Shaffer, an engineer in the office.
Shaffer said the building can hold at least 8,000 tons of material and even more, depending on how the piles of salt and slag are configured inside.
The building was financed through a $500,000 no-interest loan from Ohio's Local Government Innovation Fund, which exists to encourage collaboration among communities and governments through making available loans and grants for sharing-type projects.
Officials have said the loan will be repaid over the next 10 years partially through savings realized by the project and money that has been set aside.
More than 13 local communities are collaborative partners and will purchase the salt and slag mix from the engineer's office. The office has ordered 8,000 tons of salt, which includes material for its own use.