Buckland approves highway garage design, other items

Recorder Staff
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

BUCKLAND — The town is now looking to hire an engineer to design a new highway garage.

A job description posted on the Massachusetts Bid Network describes the position’s scope as “design of a Highway Facility in compliance with state laws governing public construction. Based on development of site with a building concept that consists of a new building, a pole barn structure, and substantial demolition of existing structure.”

The cost estimate for engineering and design services is $83,050, according to Town Administrator Andrea Llamas, and the money will be taken from the town’s stabilization account. Residents approved spending up to that amount at last week’s special town meeting.

Of the 53 registered voters in attendance at the special town meeting, the article passed by a substantial 46-1 margin, based on vote totals from Assistant Town Clerk Elizabeth Cerone.

A new building is necessary because the former Mayhew Steel Co. plant, which now houses the town’s highway equipment, does not meet state requirements. Previously, Buckland’s Highway Garage Building Committee recommended that the town build a 5,000 square-foot garage and a 5,000 square-foot pole barn for additional storage.

Elsewhere on the warrant, constituents unanimously decided to spend $50,000 of grant money and donations on a new playground 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.

A third article seeking up to $25,000 for the town’s share of a state-required study at the Shelburne Falls Wastewater Treatment Facility also passed unanimously.

The study will investigate infiltration and inflow of water leaks in sewer lines of the wastewater treatment plant. The total amount needed, of which Shelburne will pay half, is to come from the treatment plant’s enterprise fund, which comes from the fees of sewer users.

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