GRAFTON -- The vice president of an engineering firm vying for the contract to build the new Grafton town garage met with the Selectboard Monday to discuss how to move the project forward.
Brud Sanderson said building, water and wastewater permits must be in hand before aspects of the project can go out to bid and a feasibility study conducted by his company produced a concept building plan, a concept design plan and the budget figures for which a bond was prepared. He said the company is trying to promote the use of local subcontractors for the project, which will be broken into two portions -- the main garage and a salt shed, which will be on the same parcel of land but not physically connected. He said there will be separate contracts for the two portions.
Town voters opted at a special meeting in December to relocate the position of the town garage, which was heavily damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, and construct a new one at an estimated cost not to exceed $1.2 million with interest. The vote, taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, occurred one day after electing to accept a block grant for the project, which is subject to deduction from any available state and federal grants and other financial assistance or resources of the town.
Town Clerk Kim Record previously told the Reformer that the garage -- used to store trucks and other town equipment -- will be moved to a portion of 72 acres of town-owned land on Bell Road.
Sanderson said the schematic design of the building layout, as well as the space needs of the structure, must be refined in order to start the project. He also said town officials would like a meeting room in the new garage. Sanderson told the Reformer he is not sure when he will next go before the Selectboard.
Record said the Selectboard was holding off on inviting Sanderson until it was certain there would be no revote on the public's decision to relocate the town garage and build a new one. Resident Jay Karpin told the Reformer he had intended to start a petition to force a revote on the issue. He had until Wednesday, Jan. 15, to file the petition, but did not.
Karpin, a former Grafton Selectboard member of 21 years, said he is opposed to the vote taken at the special meeting for various reasons. He said he does not like the way the town approached it, he thinks the price for the project is outrageous and he knows the site slated for construction was once a dump.
Record told the Reformer that Selectboard Chairman Al Sands, member Gus Plummer and Road Foreman Danny Taylor have formed a small committee to collect information regarding the project as it progresses. She said members of the public will be asked to join the committee.
In other business:
-- Town Administrator Jackie LeBlanc read her letter of resignation to the Selectboard.
-- Record said a few warrant articles were approved, including one that applies any surplus up to the amount of $300,000 to the town garage project. Another includes $1,500 for Grace Cottage Hospital.
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