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Delaware County Purchasing Land to Build Salt Shed for Northwest Area

Delaware County is purchasing land near Manchester to build a salt shed to better serve the northwest portion of the county.

County Supervisor Jeff Madlom says up until about fifteen years ago, the county’s sand trucks were usually kept at the Secondary Roads Department facility in Delaware – but since then, they have built salt sheds in a couple other locations in the county.

Madlom says those extra salt shed locations have worked so well that they’d now like to build one west-northwest of Manchester.

He says county residents have commented on those sand trucks’ routes over the years.

On Monday, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors approved an “Offer to Buy” Agreement with Dennis Gearhart for that parcel of land along Rocky Ridge Road. It’s just over four acres at a price of $18,000 per acre – with the County also reimbursing Gearhart just under $8,800 for funds through the set-aside federal program – bringing the County’s total price tag for the land purchase at just over $80,000.

The County plans to put up a salt shed on that parcel of land west-northwest of Manchester by this fall. And within a few years, they’re hoping to add a maintainer shed on that land too.

Madlom says the Board of Supervisors do not have a cost estimate yet for the development of that property. 


photo courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH

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