Buckland makes garage building recommendation

  • Buckland is currently using the old Mayhew Steel plant. RECORDER PHOTO/DIANE BRONCACCIO

  • Buckland is currently using the old Mayhew Steel plant for its highway garage. Buckland bought the 5-acre property for $325,000 in 2016, but cannot get an occupancy permit for the building as a town garage. RECORDER PHOTO/DIANE BRONCACCIO—

Recorder Staff
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

BUCKLAND — The Highway Garage Building Committee voted unanimously Monday night to recommend building a 5,000-square-foot town highway garage and a 5,000-square-foot pole barn to store equipment.

They are also recommending the town demolish the former Mayhew Steel Co. plant, except for a small tool shed. The other buildings are old, drafty, and do not meet building codes for a municipal garage. Currently the town does not have an occupancy permit for using the complex as a garage.

Dena Willmore, who chairs both the building committee and Selectboard, hopes the building of a new garage will cost less than $1.5 million. She pointed out that Colrain’s town highway garage, under construction, is about 6,000 square feet.

Colrain’s 2,500-square-foot garage addition is being done with a $1.1 million “disaster recovery” federal grant, due to flooding of part of the garage during Tropical Storm Irene, along with $420,000 of the town’s Chapter 90 road money and $60,000 from the town’s “free cash” reserves.

Willmore said concrete from the demolished Mathew structure would be ground and reused to fill in a low uneven site where the new garage would be built. She said the 5,000 foot garage would hold about five of the town highway trucks.  

If the Selectboard approves the plan, a request for proposals will be posted for the design and engineering of the garage building

The Selectboard is expected to take up the vote on Monday.

If that board approves it, a request for bids for the design and engineering will go out for the garage and the pole barn.

The building committee hopes the town can secure grant money for part of the costs. The building committee hopes to bring design plans, along with a firm cost estimate, to town meeting this spring.

In March 2016, special town meeting voters bought the 4.7-acre Mayhew property for $325,000.