City plans public works garage near transfer stationConcept plans to be unveiled Aug. 26
Rockland — City voters may be asked to approve construction of a new public works garage near the back of the transfer station property in the November election, according to City Manager James Smith.
Plans for the garage are expected to be discussed at the Aug. 26 meeting of the City Council. Engineering firm Gartley & Dorsky of Camden has been working on plans. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.
The plans call for an 20,000-square-foot building that would house all public works equipment and include both a maintenance bay and a wash bay, according to President Will Gartley of Gartley & Dorsky. It would be located off Pleasant Street. The project will also add a sand and salt shed, he said.
Smith said Aug. 19 he did not yet have costs or details of the project to provide for the story. He said the funding would borrowed and paid back through a bond.
Voters shot down a $2.9 million plan to build a public works garage next to city hall in 2011. The existing building does not have space to house all the department's equipment and the building itself is in poor condition.
This plan is different because the project is being proposed on available land that the manger says will require much less earthwork than the site next to city hall. He said that will keep costs down.
Smith said the project will also include building offices for both public works and the transfer station manager, David St. Laurent, so the city will not be paying two heating and two electricity bills for the two departments. However, he said while they would be housed together, the two departments are not being merged.
John Hansen of South Thomaston is the architect for the project. Gartley said he was planning to meet with the city manager Aug. 20.
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