Conway Special Town Meeting warrant contains two articles about maintenance building

Staff Writer
Published: 12/5/2019 6:24:56 PM
Modified: 12/5/2019 6:24:45 PM

CONWAY — The town’s quest to build a Highway Department maintenance building might be approaching its homestretch, as there are two related articles on the warrant for an upcoming Special Town Meeting that will be followed by a ballot vote.

One article on the Dec. 9 warrant asks voters if they will agree to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds $988,000 for the building, contingent on an affirmative debt exclusion vote slated for Dec. 12.

Another article pertains to the transfer of $50,000 from free cash to the general fund, and $433,243.51 from the Highway Garage Stabilization account to the general fund to partially finance the facility. The $433,243.51 is what remains in the stabilization account.

Both warrant articles are recommended unanimously by the Selectboard and require a two-thirds majority to be adopted. The Special Town Meeting is scheduled to start at Conway Grammar School at 7:30 p.m.

Polls will be open at Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 for the debt exclusion vote.

Town Administrator Tom Hutcheson explained the 4,600- to 4,800-square-foot maintenance building, set to be next to Conway Grammar School, behind the salt shed, will have a maintenance bay, a wash bay, an office, a break room and a utility room. Hutcheson and Highway Superintendent Ron Sweet said they hope the building will be finished by the end of 2020.

The borrowing, Hutcheson said, would go out to bid to various banks and the town will go with the one with the lowest interest rate, which will also determine any necessary tax increases. Hutcheson said construction of the building cannot go out to bid until the related articles are adopted.

“We believe we’ve done everything to make it the ​​​best project for the least cost,” he said.

Sweet explained the maintenance building will be used to work on Highway Department trucks and other equipment and to wash them.

This project has been a long time coming for Conway, where voters twice rejected a garage proposal in 2014.

Hutcheson and Sweet and the Highway Department’s trucks and equipment will be kept in a 7,500-square-foot storage shed being built now by Kurtz Inc. of Westfield. It is expected to be completed by January.

The warrant can be viewed at: bit.ly/33rwLuP.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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