ANCRAM–Voters head to the polls this Saturday, August 21, to decide whether to authorize the Town Board to borrow up to $400,000 to renovate and add on to the existing Town Highway Garage.
The vote takes place from noon to 9 p.m. only at the Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7. Residents who normally vote at the Ancramdale Fellowship Hall will instead vote at the Town Hall for this special election.
The plan is to expand the inadequate highway garage at 32 Maple Lane from 80-by-32 feet to 80-by-84 feet, enough room to store all the town’s equipment and then some.
The resolution limits the total project cost to $500,000.
The town board seeks the public’s approval to borrow money, if necessary, so as not to significantly draw down the town’s monetary reserves in the current economy.
The new structure will be of wood and composite construction, which will last longer and be easily repaired than steel, according to the town’s architect, Joe Iuviene, who spoke at a town meeting in June.
If voters turndown the borrowing proposal, the Town Board could pass a resolution to go forward with the project anyway, without the bond, Ancram Supervisor Art Bassin said.
The plan is to complete enough of the building so the Highway Department can move in by January 1, 2011.
The project includes radiant heat, a propane furnace, a new well and septic system, evergreen screening, as well as improvement of the wetland buffer zone, including a storm water retention pond and a drainage plan.
Highway Superintendent Jim MacArthur, who said in his report for the month of July that he was working on becoming “a better steward of the environment,” has already put up birdhouses at the edge of the wetland, apparently anticipating the arrival of some new feathered friends, who will like the improvements they see and want to move in.