Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe schools plan to share salt storage

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 24, 2021


GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Public School District and Grosse Pointe Woods hope to partner on an agreement that would produce a savings for both entities.

During a Grosse Pointe Woods City Council Committee of the Whole meeting Sept. 13 at Woods City Hall, Director of Public Services Frank Schulte said the school district approached the city about whether the district could keep its winter salt supply in the Woods’ storage facility.

The board of the Grosse Pointe Public School System recently signed a purchase agreement with a developer for its administration building property at 389 St. Clair Avenue in Grosse Pointe City. A structure off the back parking lot was used to store the district’s salt, Schulte said.

“There’s room in (our) storage barn” for their salt, Schulte said. “The times the crew comes in are around the same time.”

Schulte said the Woods purchases about 900 tons of salt per year, while the school district purchases roughly 250 tons of salt annually.

Schulte said the school district also has a small loader it uses to load its trucks that it would be parking in the Woods’ public service garage.

In exchange for allowing the school district to use the Woods’ facility, Schulte said they’ve offered to purchase the Woods a truckload of salt, which he said costs about $2,700.

“I just thought it was a fair price for the use,” Schulte told the council.

Mayor Art Bryant called this a “very good deal,” and praised Schulte for working with the schools on a partnership that benefits both of them.

“I think it’s a win-win situation,” Schulte said. “They save some money. We save some money.”

Schulte said terms of an agreement between the city and school district would include the option for either party to terminate the deal, likely with one year’s notice.

“Does this open the door to other collaboration?” City Councilwoman Vicki Granger asked.

“I’m sure it could,” Schulte responded. “I think it’s a first step.”

He added that the Woods is “always working” with neighboring Departments of Public Works.

Schulte said City Attorney Lisa Anderson would be drawing up a formal contract for the City Council to approve in the near future.

Bryant said the Sept. 13 session marked the first in-person Committee of the Whole meeting for the council in about a year and a half. These work sessions had been taking place virtually because of the pandemic.