06/09/13 12:00pm
06/09/2013 12:00 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | One of the two barns, which cost $700,000 to construct, holds 500 tons of salt and the other holds 1,000.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | One of the two barns, which cost $700,000 to construct, holds 500 tons of salt and the other holds 1,000.

The Riverhead Town Board last week authorized legal action against three companies associated with the construction of two salt barns at the town highway department yard on Route 58, one of which was completely ripped apart during Sandy.

The town awarded a $706,732 contract for the project to DeLalio-South Fork Asphalt in 2010 to demolish the town’s old salt storage structure and build the new ones, a move that was being required by the state.

But the structures were damaged during Hurricane Sandy and the companies that built them have refused to make repairs.

“We spent a lot of money on that salt barn and the first storm we had tore it all apart,” Councilman John Dunleavy said at last Tuesday’s Town Board meeting. “We thought we had a warranty, but now no one wants to fix it, so we have to sue them.”

The resolution authorized legal action against DeLalio-South Fork Asphalt as well as Clear Span Fabric Structures and Long Island Building Systems Inc.

It was unclear what roles the latter two companies played in building the salt barn.

tgannon@timesreview.com