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January 18, 2013

Shared facility moving ahead

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The village has six dump trucks, eight pickup trucks and specialized machines, like a vacuum truck, to house.

“With comparable space, we’ll be able to have more room for supplies, and together, we can share sand and salt piles, maybe a truck lift, and we’d have a better heating system,” he said.

It costs about $30,000 a year to heat the existing DPW garage off College Avenue, which was originally used as an ice house in the early 1900s.

The shared site “would get everything under one roof” yet still allow village crews to tend to residents’ needs.

“There are services in the village that the people expect, and they will continue to expect them in the future,” Hutchins said.

FUELING STATION

Town Supervisor Howard Maneely said the facility being discussed may have four truck bays, a break room, training room and office space for each of the superintendents.

The town sees a fueling station as a priority, which could allow other potential users to contract to fill their vehicles, he said. The school can get the cheapest price for fuel.

The town has 13 vehicles to house at a new facility, including large and small snowplows trucks, a Gradall for ditch work and two dump trucks.

The existing garage is on Route 11 in front of the Town Offices at the Malone Dufort Airport, and if available land there is selected for a shared facility, the town would need Federal Aviation Administration approval to remove the parcel from the airport footprint.

Maneely said the parties involved want to use land that is already off the tax rolls and hope to have the design and financing details done as quickly as possible so the plan can go before voters in May when school budgets are up for vote.

Email Denise A. Raymo:

draymo@pressrepublican.com

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