Just in time for the start of the winter weather, the new public works garage is ready to accommodate the town’s plow trucks. The new building has 13 bays, four of them mechanics bays. The other bays are for the nine trucks that service the nine plow routes in town. There is also a truck port on the lower level of the property, where the department can store some pickup trucks and other gear that is best stored under cover. Facing straight down from the driveway is the service station for municipal vehicles. The whole area is cleaned up and has a fresh coat of asphalt.
Some inside work needs to be finished, according to Building Committee co-chairman Terry Gilbertson, in particular a second vehicle lift as well as an elevator connecting the bottom floor with the upper floor. It is part of the federal requirement to make all public buildings handicap accessible, he said. The upper level of the new garage will house the break room for Public Works personnel, as well as department offices and a conference room. Separate women’s and men’s locker rooms and bathrooms are already in.
Gilbertson said he is envisioning a grand opening in early spring. “We like to occupy it for a bit before the grand opening,” he said. The $6.3 million project is on budget, he said.
Upon the Building Committee’s recommendation, the Board of Selectmen endorsed the proposal to name the new building after the late First Selectman Ed Sheehy. Sheehy passed away unexpectedly only a few weeks before the groundbreaking ceremony in April 2013.