|
|
|
The Telegram
  • Ilion hires architect for garage project

  • The Ilion Board of Trustees has hired an architectural firm to draw up plans to replace the village Department of Public Works garage.

    The board voted during a meeting Wednesday to authorize Mayor John Stephens to sign an agreement with Barton & Loguidice for $3,800 to provide professional services to include a proposed layout and preliminary plans as well as seeking potential funding sources.

    • email print
  • The Ilion Board of Trustees has hired an architectural firm to draw up plans to replace the village Department of Public Works garage.
    The board voted during a meeting Wednesday to authorize Mayor John Stephens to sign an agreement with Barton & Loguidice for $3,800 to provide professional services to include a proposed layout and preliminary plans as well as seeking potential funding sources.
    There will be additional charges to cover printing, mileage and postage.
    Department of Public Works Superintendent Jack Sterling told the board Wednesday he and the mayor had met with Barton & Loguidice representatives to discuss plans for the project.
    “I discussed the size I would need to also accommodate the light department, offices and mechanic shop,” said Sterling. “They’re coming up with a preliminary design.”
    When asked about the possibility of renovating the current garage for use, Sterling said it would not be large enough to hold the light department.
    “You’d have as much money into it as you would if you build new,” he added.
    He said he is looking at a 500- by 300-foot area in which to build.
    “We’ve been clearing out trees,” he said.
    Soil samples will need to be taken before the site can be finalized.
    When asked about plans for the old garage, Sterling said he would like to keep it to use for cold storage.
    At a meeting earlier this month, Stephens discussed building a garage with a new door system, mechanical bay, offices, a salt storage unit and possibly a state of the art fuel station.
    Board members asked Wednesday about the need for a new salt storage facility.
    Sterling said the current facility was built in 2004 and, because it was made of wood, was only expected to last three or four years. He also said the state Department of Environmental Conservation is coming down on such facilities.
    The village board began looking at the possibility of replacing the village DPW garage in December after receiving word of a report from Workers Compensation Alliance, in Long Island, that found numerous problems with the facility. While some of the findings proved to be unfounded, village officials acknowledged the roof does leak and there was mold in Sterling’s office.
    Sterling’s office was moved to the municipal building and changes were made to minimize the amount of time workers spend in the garage. He said employees could take their breaks in the newer barn. Partitions were added to section off some areas.
    Sterling told the board Wednesday the cost of the modifications would probably end up being about $750, rather than the initial estimate of $500.
      • calendar