Buckland votes Thurs. on town projects

  • North end of the old Mayhew Steel Building, now the Buckland DPW, on Sears Ext. Street in Shelburne Falls. Recorder file photo

Recorder Staff
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

BUCKLAND — The town is asking voters to OK spending for a highway garage engineer, a new playground at the Buckland Recreation Area, and for part of a state-required study at the Shelburne Falls Wastewater Treatment Facility.

A special town meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

The cost estimate for engineering and design services for a new highway garage is $83,050, according to Town Administrator Andrea Llamas, and this money is to come from the town’s stabilization account. The former Mayhew Steel Co. plant, now used for garaging highway equipment, does not meet state code for a highway garage. The Highway Garage Building Committee has recommended the town build a 5,000 square-foot garage and install a 5,000 square-foot pole barn for additional storage.

The town is asking voter approval to spend $50,000 of grant money and donations on a playground to be built at the Buckland Recreation Area. About $32,000 of that cost is to come from a grant and about $18,000 was raised from private donations by the Buckland Recreation Committee.

The third article seeks up to $25,000 to pay for the town’s share of an infiltration/inflow study of water leaks in the sewer lines of the wastewater treatment plant. Shelburne is to pay for half the cost of this study. The money is to come from the treatment plant’s enterprise fund, which comes from the fees of sewer users.