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New public works building completed

SOLON– “The new shop is completed,” Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe reported to members of the city council last week. “Thank you very much for your support.”
Kleppe has moved his office and the city’s fleet across the street from its old location into a new 64-by-45 foot Energy Panel Structures (EPS) post frame building.
The new Solon Public Works building features three front bays and a side bay, and something the old shop was lacking– a floor drain.
“Winter was really bad,” Kleppe noted later in the week. When the city workers would bring snow plows back to the shop, he explained, water would collect on the floor. “Trucks would be dripping for three days.” Storage was limited, the brine from the road treatments would promote corrosion, and the place was so crowded, equipment was being stored outside.
The city began setting aside money for a new building several years ago, he said. During budget sessions for the current fiscal year, it was decided the $130,000 project could proceed. “It’s coming in right at budget,” Kleppe noted.
The original public works building will now become storage space, with its office space handed over to Parks and Recreation Activities Coordinator Travis Young.
The new building will not only house the city’s fleet, but provide space for the maintenance of the trucks. The city recently purchased a 10-ton air-operated jack which will be capable of lifting either end of any piece of city equipment. The structure also features an enclosed office space, restroom and showers, with loft storage space above. Gently used office furniture was donated by Pearson.
Construction on the project started June 1.
At last week’s Solon City Council meeting, Kleppe invited council members to tour the facility if they hadn’t already done so.