Mason: New highway department building needed

  • The Mason Highway Department offices (right) and shed on Depot Road, photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • The Mason Highway Department offices (right) and shed on Depot Road, photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • The Mason Highway Department offices. Staff photo by Brandon Latham

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/29/2016 10:18:10 AM

The Mason Board of Selectmen will hold a bond hearing next month to discuss funds for a new building for the town’s highway department.

The building, which would replace the current storage garage next to the office, will cost an estimated $363,000.

“I think we can live with these numbers and get a building that’s satisfactory for the people who’ll use it and satisfactory to the people who need to pay for it,” said Bob Bergeron, assistant building inspector and representative for the Highway Building Committee.

The selectmen hope this is a job that can be completed in 2017, and will get started with a bond hearing on Jan. 24.

The budget was reached after consulting various builders and contractors. It includes $52,000 for site work, $38,000 for the foundation, $135,000 for building, $35,000 for electrical, $25,000 for the rehab office, $20,000 for heat, $15,000 for a new well, $19,000 to move the tool shed, and a $33,000 contingency.

Eventually, the fire department will share the well.

“Anyone who has any doubt [why a new building is needed], if they were to go down to the current building and look at the icicles on the inside of the current building,” Selectman Bernard O’Grady said. “It’s really dingy.”

He said it uses a tank of heating oil every week in the winter.

No additional septic work is needed because the office, with bathrooms, will remain.

The board further discussed the reinstatement of the Forestry Committee, which could begin in January. It will immediately have work to do on  tax bills regarding land in and near the Downs Forest and the Mason Quarry.

The selectmen were scheduled to discuss similar issues with the trustees of the Mason Church, but could not because it did not have a quorum. Louise Lavoie, the chairman, was absent due to sickness, and Charles Moser recused himself because he is a member of the church and its auditor. That conversation will take place at the board’s Jan. 10 meeting.


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