Two years after the groundbreaking for the new Public Works garage, town officials with Gov. Dannel Malloy in attendance, dedicated the new facility to the late First Selectman Ed Sheehy. “Despite opposition, Ed was steadfast in his determination to keep our Town on a path that meets the needs of the future while cherishing our past, and this public works garage is an outstanding example of his leadership,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar in her greeting.
Governor Malloy, in a brief address, spoke of the role of state government as a partner to local government. “Ed believed – as I do – that we have an obligation to leave this world a better place for being in it,” he said. “I think he tried every day.”
Building Committee Chairman Chris Sorensen thanked his fellow committee members, who were appointed in 2003 by then First Selectman Amey Marrella. “We owe a debt of gratitude for their steadfastness,” Sorensen said.
Serving on the committee were Joe Adelizzi, Gil Hogan, Becky Daymon, Mel Stoltz, Roger Harrison, Leland Torrence and Tony Schaffer. He thanked in particular Building inspector Terry Gilbertson, who worked closely with the committee, and helped get the project completed on time and under budget.
Roth, Moore and Kagan designed the energy efficient building. PDS Engineering and Construction was the general contractor. They chose numerous local experts, whom Sorensen also thanked for their guidance. They were civil engineer Richard Couch, mechanical contractor Mario DiRienzo, Bob McKinstry from Brooklyn Rebar, Joe Dellacroce of Connecticut Stone and Michael Weiner from Colony Hardware.
The project was designed to be very energy efficient, Sorenson said, with the translucent Kalwall material, radiant floor heating in the truck bays and LED lighting that can be centrally controlled. The facility also has a water recycling installation as well as an electric vehicle recharging station. Sorensen also noted that the project is planned to support the installation of a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station. “We believe that the future of our Public Works Trucks will be with CNG and our ambitions are to find a funding source for the equipment in the near future,” he said.
The 17, 602 square feet facility had a $6.3 million budget. The project was funded 80% by the town and 20% by grants.
Following the dedication ceremony, the public was invited to take tours of the facility. This is the first winter that the trucks were stored indoors, Office Manager Cyndi Pecca said. In past years, a lot of time and energy was spent to get the trucks ready for a snow event. “The employees were very appreciative,” she said.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent