There's more than one way to build a salt shed. And that's what's giving the Crawford County Commission a tough decision.
Commissioners have been debating whether to use poured cement for the low walls of the building or whether to use concrete blocks.
"We visited with the state to see what their opinion was. Much of what we got was an opinion of whatever's cheapest," said Tom Ragonese, county special projects administrator.
The issue is a matter of cost. The poured cement walls would cost roughly $16,450. However, based on estimates, a concrete block structure would cost less than 1/4 of that cost, at $3,870.
Ultimately, a poured concrete wall is considered stronger and more durable, however.
"If everything were equal and the same prices, I'd suggest you go with the poured wall. But this kind of difference in money, that's your call," Ragonese said.
Ragonese also said that he had talked with the state about their concrete block buildings, and they had no complaints.
Commissioner Bob Kmiec said that he was ready to make a decision.
"It's time to call the dance to an end. Let's put the damn thing up," said Commissioner Bob Kmiec.
Commissioners eventually asked for a delay in their decision, particularly because the maintenance crews are unlikely to get to the project, even if approved, until July at the earliest.
"Last week, I was gung ho on the stem walls. After hearing from [several people], I'm thinking the blocks are the way to go, just because of the cost. We can always utilize the blocks elsewhere," said Commissioner Tom Moody.
Commissioner Carl Wood said that in the future, he'd like a decision already made from the get-go as far as what type of building to use.
"I don't have a problem with what you said. I"m referring to future projects, so we'll know just what to do," Wood said.
In other news, the commission got details from County Clerk Don Pyle about how many employees would be eligible for certain early retirement options. The options are first for those who have reached 85 points in KPERS, the state retirement system, and second for those who are age 62 with 10 years of experience.
Pyle said that 21 people were at 85 points, and 13 people met both criteria. There were also 11 people who met the second criteria, but were not at 85 points.
Those numbers are accurate as of the end of 2013.
"It'll probably only grow as of Dec. 31, 2014," Pyle said.