Madison County, Lenox apply for grant

The Madison County Highway Department will take the lead on applying for a $400,000 grant for a salt storage shed, which if rewarded, will be shared with the town of Lenox and the village of Wampsville.

Joe Wisinski, county highway superintendent said the grant would require a 3.3 percent matching fund, or no more than $15,000 per municipality. There is no application fee.

The county has budgeted money for the storage shed, which Wasinski said would save the department from losing a portion of its stockpile when it rains or snows. The salt also clumps up during extremely cold temperatures creating problems when releasing the salt from the trucks.

The town of Lenox has had problems in the past with storing its salt outside its highway building. Runoff from the stockpile has seeped onto Casolwood Golf Course. The town has received letters of complaint from Rick Quick, owner of the golf course.

Wisinski said the facility of interest is roughly 80 feet by 180 feet in size. It would be erected behind the county's highway garage.

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