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Morristown village garage engineering complete

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MORRISTOWN – The village has completed engineering plans for a new garage to be located at the empty lot on Gouverneur Street next to Morristown Central School.

Superintendent of Public Works Kevin J. Crosby said the plans are ready to be submitted to the code enforcement officer.

“I’d like to say [building will begin this year], but it depends,” Mr. Crosby said, adding that funding is an issue as well as whether or not this project will take priority.

Mayor Cheryl A. Shatraw stressed that there is no timetable for the project at this point.

Mrs. Shatraw also said there is, so far, no price tag attached to the project.

The current garage is too small to house all of the village’s equipment.

Mr. Crosby said the village plow truck sits outside year round and a bobcat and backhoe are crammed into the building.

The new garage will also have room for Mr. Crosby to set up a new office.

In addition to these changes the village plans to build a dumping station at the new garage for campers to utilize.

The village has set up a temporary station by the village docks – the only dumping station between Jacques Cartier Park and Ogdensburg.

But while construction on the new garage may be some months – or years – down the road, the empty lot will see some action in the coming weeks.

Mrs. Shatraw said the village is planning taking down the fence that currently separates the lot from the school.

“Eventually there will be a different type of fence put up,” Mrs. Shatraw said, though it will be set back to provide the school with an easier evacuation route.

Mrs. Shatraw said the fence will likely be removed in June.

“We’re going to work around the school schedule,” Mrs. Shatraw said.

The Morristown Central School Board of Education gave the village the go-ahead at last month’s board meeting to remove the fence.

“The sooner we can get it cleaned up the better it’s going to look,” she added.

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