MALTA At Malta’s Town Board meeting on Tuesday, May 7, many issues were discussed - though the proposed expansion of the highway garage rose to the surface. In the end the board voted unanimously in favor of the project’s schematic design and to establish a Capital Budget for the expansion.
Last year the town hired consultants Clark Patterson Lee to look at the town’s complex of buildings in order to prioritize needs among them within the next five years for Capital Projects. The 35-year-old garage landed at the top of that list.
“It became apparent that we needed to look at the garage. …The building is not properly sized, we need a larger facility,” said Town Supervisor Paul Sausville.
Highway Superintendent Roger Crandall said that for the past ten years there has been the need to expand due to the increase in area developments, especially within the Tech Park. “Last year we took on 22 percent more lane miles of roads… We’ve got over $1 million in equipment that’s sitting outside. That’s not the right way to take care of it,” he said.
He also said that the condition of the garage is poor and repairs are needed to the roof and some painted areas, among others. Expansion plans intend to keep the main building as cold room storage and the other two buildings will be taken down and replaced.
A price-tag of around $300,000 was put on completing the necessary repairs, along with other options including building a modern facility nearby or tearing down the entire garage in order to rebuild. Expanding the existing building won out.
Total cost for the project is set at just over $2 million. Funding for the expansion will come from a number of places including the town’s building reserve and fund balance, according to Sausville.