Trustees to review storage building bids

WEST POINT – Madison Township trustees are scheduled to open bids for a road equipment storage building at their meeting this Wednesday.

Trustee Gary Williams said they have been running the required legal advertisements in local newspapers seeking bids for the past two weeks and a number of companies have shown interest.

The plan is to build the pre-engineered steel 40-by-80-square-foot building to house the township’s six pieces of heavy equipment, some of which currently sit outside due to lack of space.

“Most of our equipment sits out all the time, so we’re hoping to make it big enough to hold all of the equipment,” he said.

Columbiana County commissioners contributed $39,000 to the project last year, which represents some of the proceeds they received from the state casino tax. The township has set aside $100,000 for its share.

The building will have a concrete slab floor and concrete sides to protect the metal structure from exposure to road salt from the trucks. Williams indicated they may use part of the building to store salt inside to avoid what happened last winter, when the salt froze in the sub-zero temperatures and “had to be beaten into pieces” before it could be loaded into trucks.

Williams said there are no immediate plans to make the new garage the township hall because the existing township hall currently meets their needs, but they may consider that in the future.

“Right now we’re only concerned about getting a garage,” he said.