Waiver paves the way for Addison salt shed

ADDISON — The proposed Addison salt shed has received a needed waiver from the town’s development review board, and last week the selectboard began working on details for a financing package to pay for a building town residents approved on Town Meeting Day. In March, voters backed an up-to-15-year note for up to $175,000 to fund the structure.
Road foreman Bryan Nolan said in April he hoped the 7,600-square-foot building to store sand and salt for use on town roads could be built this year. Currently the town has no shed on its Lake Street highway department headquarters.
The building went before the Addison DRB on April 23. DRB Chairman John Spencer confirmed last week the shed received a necessary waiver for its proposed 41-foot height, which is in excess of the maximum 35 feet imposed in its zoning district. The building otherwise meets all zoning setback requirements.
Spencer said the project meets criteria that allowed the DRB to grant the waiver. Nolan said the height is a structural necessity for the size and style of the building, plastic sheathing over a galvanized frame.
Nolan said plans call for an enclosed building that will have two truck doors and a 20-foot-wide equipment storage bay at one end. It will be built out behind the existing town garage/office building that runs parallel to Lake Street.
Nolan said one reason for the storage bay in the planned shed is that trucks covered with snow and salt can be cleaned off without floor drains, which the new shed will lack. State officials frown upon cleaning trucks off into such drains.
Addison’s existing garage has floor drains, and environmental officials also do not approve of towns doing maintenance of vehicles in buildings with drains because of potential groundwater pollution, Nolan said, and that problem remains to be addressed.
Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at [email protected].

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