FORT COVINGTON — The Town Board on Monday asked John Carr of Blue Mountain Engineering to start coming up with plans to improve the highway garage.
Highway Superintendent Gerard Leroux has asked the board to make improvements to the garage in an effort to create warmer working conditions.
Mr. Leroux said last year the town garage went through at least 100 cords of wood and roughly 1,547 gallons of fuel oil. Since January, the garage has used roughly 800 gallons of oil, according to Mr. Leroux.
Mr. Carr said in the past that the reason why the garage becomes so cold is because the building was originally meant for cold storage. The building has thin insulation and the air vents in the roof, making it difficult to heat.
Strong drafts also blow through the front entrance of the garage and pull the heat out of the building.
Mr. Carr told the town that he came to the conclusion that it would be more economical to do an addition to the garage, instead of renovating it. Mr. Carr said the existing building is hard to modify.
The plan is to potentially add two new bays and an office. Improvements to the flooring in the existing bays will be part of the plan. According to Mr. Carr, the bulk of the existing garage would be cold storage.
“Most highway garages only need one or two bays heated, where the other bays are just above freezing,” Mr. Carr said. “More commonly, you have truck bays and maintenance bays. I think that would work really well for you folks.”
Mr. Carr said he was unsure of how fast the town wants to pursue the project, but he thought it would be reasonable for a new addition to be constructed before winter.
“I would like to see us get to the point where we know how much this is going to cost, where we can say either wait here or do it this year,” said Councilman David Russell.
Councilman John Cushman said, “Lets get moving on it and know what we are up against.”
Mr. Carr said he plans to have some holes dug to see what kind of dirt is under the existing building, and field surveying would need to be done. Mr. Carr said he will see what he can come up with and get something the town can get their hands on with “practical costs”.