Mason Highway Department unveils $363K garage plan

  • The Mason Highway Department shed on Depot Road may be replaced in 2017. Photographed on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (Brandon Latham / The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • The Mason Highway Department shed on Depot Road may be replaced in 2017. Photographed on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (Brandon Latham / The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • The Mason Highway Department shed on Depot Road may be replaced in 2017. Staff photo by Brandon Latham

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/26/2017 11:01:36 AM

The Highway Department in Mason is promoting its plan for a new garage and storage shed behind its office building on Depot Road.

At a Board of Selectmen meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24, the town held its official bond hearing for the proposed $363,000 project. That cost includes renovating the office building, improving well access for the highway and emergency response departments, and construction of the addition.

The existing shed was built about 30 years ago and intended to be temporary.

“I can remember icicles falling on the inside when the heat’s on and that’s not good,” Selectman Bernard O’Grady said. “A day like today is a good example: You’re trying to sand and there’s no storage space or insulation and the sand gets wet and cold and we’ll be able to get the trucks inside to thaw it out.”

The building will be attached to the office. It will be made of steel and 60-feet-by-80-feet with a modern drainage system. O’Grady thinks it will last 40 to 50 years. Even if the town population grows in that time, they anticipate very few new road miles to care for.

The bond proposes payments for the next 20 years. The interest rate, tentatively, is 2.5 percent, so the yearly payment would be about $20,000. They will inquire about state and federal funding options, as well as considering supports for solar panels on the roof.

“I don’t know what there is available to municipalities, but it’s an option,” O’Grady said about grant funding.

Residents can inquire about touring the current building to see that it needs to be replaced. The town would like to have a “virtual tour” online of the building and would like volunteer videographers to reach out to the administration or on the Living in Mason Facebook page.

The bond will be on the town ballot on March 14 and can be brought up at the deliberative session on Feb. 4. If approved, construction can begin in the spring and the building can be occupied by the end of summer.


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