By Andrew Hayes
Clinton County Chatter
DEWITT — The City of DeWitt will begin improvements to the Public Services salt barn this year.
The current barn will eventually be replaced, but plans in the near future are to improve the current structure. The current barn was constructed over 20 years ago, according to an email interview with city administrator Daniel Coss.
“The wood sides are starting to rot and deteriorate,” Coss said. “The doors have shifted and do not close properly.”
The city will provide $20,000 to fix the exterior and a malfunctioning garage door this fiscal year. The money will come from the city’s general fund.
“That will buy Rich (Miller) a lot of duct tape,” Coss said in a meeting on Monday. Rich Miller is the Department of Public Services supervisor.
“I don’t know how old it is,” Miller said of the barn. “But it was old when I got here and I’ve been here seven years.”
One obstacle facing the project will be the location of the structure. It is close to the flood plain of the Looking Glass River. According to comments at a meeting, council members are hoping that an appeal can be made so the barn will be out of the plain.