First, I want to say for the first time I believe we have a good Council who, for the most part, are interested in doing what is right for the community. I believe in Dale Olmstead, Interim Town Manager, and hopefully the next Town Manager, Diane Barnes. These individuals have a very solid plan contrary to what False Deluder says and there is urgency in moving this forward. First, is the fact the town is paying a monthly fee of $4,500.00 for space in another facility and second is everything must be in place before next winter?
It is easy in June to forget that Public Works needs to be able to keep our roads plowed and salt and sand put down during the winter months. In order to prepare and accomplish this Public Works needs a facility. Public Works employees work extremely hard to make sure the public remains safe on our roads at all times. We call Police, Fire and Medical, Public Safety but the real Public Safety is Public Works because if these First Responders cannot get to you what good are they?
I am voting YES on the new Public Work’s garage for several reasons. The current building does not allow for our fleet to be housed inside during winter months. The mechanics are forced to work in cramped spaces and the ventilation is unacceptable. This puts our employees at risk.
I attend almost every meeting of the Town Council, unlike most of you and including False Deluder. Mr. Olmstead outlined a detailed plan to resolve numerous town issues at one time. The plan depends on the citizens voting to approve the bond for the new Public Works garage. If the bond is approved, the town will purchase a building that will not only house the Public Works vehicles but also the school buses.
Yes, approving this bond will cost the taxpayers additional funds but spreading it out over years will reduce the impact. I believe a new Public Works garage is essential to moving our community forward and it will eliminate several other problem areas at the same time which makes this very cost effective.