The newly built salt shed on Air Care Drive in Smiths Falls, had its grand opening at 9:00 a.m on Nov. 29. Mayor Shawn Pankow cuts the ribbon while members of council, town staff, public works staff and the MegaDome contractor, who built the structure, gathered around him.
“I’m glad we’ve finally got this done, it creates a safer environment and helps us save some money,” said Pankow.
The new shed was completed in three weeks and $50,000 under budget and can hold up to 3,500 metric tonnes of sand or salt.
The concrete walls that support the dome are treated with a sealant, protecting them from the corrosive properties of the salt. According to Troy Dunlop, director of Public Works and Utilities the new shed will rarely be filled to capacity but was built for future growth and in the meantime will be used to store some of the heavy equipment that doesn’t all fit into the parking garage at Air Care Drive.
Photo by Howaida Sorour-Roberts