March 21, 2013

New St. Armand highway shed pondered


---- — ST. ARMAND — An ad hoc committee has been named to start planning a new highway garage for the Town of St. Armand.

St. Armand Town Supervisor Charles Whitson Jr. recently told his Town Council he had appointed a special committee to look into the feasibility of replacing the town’s now-inadequate Highway Department garage.

Members are Paul Aery, Charles Bruce, Ollie Burgess, Tug Duffy and Town Justice Sheridan Swinyer.

Whitson said the present garage is too small and doesn’t even have enough space to allow town trucks to drop their attached snow plows when parked.

“The town does have a design for a block building,” he said. “An engineered steel-structure design was discussed last year, as well as ICF block and stick-built. An engineered steel structure has been designed without an interior.”

Buildings constructed with insulated-concrete-form blocks, as well as wood-frame structures, have the best insulating properties and are less expensive to heat, according to Deputy Supervisor Samuel Grimone.

Bread Loaf Construction of Middlebury, Vt., is providing the town with basic prices for the four types of structures, he said.

Whitson said the building would have to be built to meet state codes, and the town’s insurance carrier will be contacted to get quotes for insuring different types of structures.

The supervisor said he’ll contact residents with expertise who might be interested in serving on the special committee.

The committee will hold a series of meetings and prepare a report for the Town Council to consider, Whitson said.

In other business:

Notification: The Town Council put off voting on a resolution to support a bill in the State Legislature that would require banks and other mortgage holders to provide notification information to municipalities when a residence they own or have foreclosed on is vacant.

Councilors said they needed more information before voting.

— By Staff WriterLohr McKinstry