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1st Regional Salt Storage Shed Opens in Gloucester County The Regionalized Service Could Save Municipalities up to $1 million each

(Mantua Twp.) – Gloucester County Freeholders and Mantua Township Officials cut a ribbon today and opened the first Regional Salt Storage shed constructed in Gloucester County.  Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney said the opening of this facility illustrates the county’s commitment to providing more regionalized services to its taxpayers while addressing the environmental aspects of meeting federal and state requirements.

“This is one of five salt storage sheds that we are constructing county-wide to serve our municipalities and save them a significant amount of money and resources,” said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.  “When the DEP enacted state-wide Stormwater Management requirements we took a look at the entire county and put a plan into place that would take care of each municipality rather than have each of them have to build their own facility,” said Sweeney. 

“We saw the big picture,” Sweeney said.  “We knew we could save money by taking a regionalized approach.  Taxpayers want their government to be smart and resourceful with their money and that is what we have achieved again with this regionalized program,” stated Director Sweeney. 

The county has estimated that it could have cost each municipality up to $1 million to construct their own facility, purchase their own loaders and other equipment necessary to meet the NJ DEP’s Stormwater Management requirements.  There are 24 municipalities in Gloucester County.  The DEP’s Stormwater requirements were designed to reduce non-point source pollution that can impact drinking water.

In addition to the Mantua shed, four other sheds are being constructed Woolwich, West Deptford, Washington and Franklin Townships to serve all of the towns.  Each of these facilities will be available for service to the County Highway Department, as it deices roadways throughout the entire countywide region. 

County cuts ribbon on regionalized Salt Sheds
December 27, 2006

Freeholder Deputy Director Bob Damminger, liaison to the County’s Highway Department, said, “When the snow and ice come, we all work together to keep our roads clear and safe.  It made perfect sense for the county to lead an effort that will only continue to foster the spirit of cooperation between governments and save taxpayers money.”

Freeholder Damminger said that the sheds, which are equipped with brine tanks, will be available for salt storage and loading salt trucks from the surrounding municipalities and the County’s highway department on a cooperative basis.  The county is also in the process designing two regionalized vehicle washing facilities for use by all of the county’s municipalities.  They will be located at the County’s Public Works facility in Clayton and at its Pitman Golf Course. 

Other equipment being purchased through this program include truck mount deicing equipment for each municipality, two street sweepers to be used county-wide and 2 GPS dataloggers for mapping storm sewer inlets and outfalls.

The location for the salt sheds and vehicle wash facilities were evaluated using a number of criteria including the lack of an existing compliant salt storage facility, proximity to other towns in a similar situation, adequate staffing levels for loading neighboring municipal vehicles, availability of municipal land appropriate for this purpose and a location that will assist with county highway deicing during a storm. 

The Mantua salt storage shed will be available to serve Pitman, Wenonah and all or a portion of Woodbury Heights.  West Deptford’s will be available to serve Woodbury, National Park, Westville and Paulsboro.  Woolwich will be available to South Harrison, Swedesboro and all or a portion of Harrison, Franklin Township’s would also serve Newfield and Washington Township’s would serve that municipality, as well as portions of other municipalities that adjoin and wish to use this facility. 

Gloucester County’s innovative approach to regionalizing Stormwater Management earned them a $1.1million grant from the DEP for implementation of the program and the ability to draw on up to $10 million from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust where the county can seek reimbursement for 50% of costs and 50% in the form of a low interest loan through that program.

The county will not operate and maintain the salt storage facilities but they have been acting as a facilitator in helping to coordinate the regional shed use