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In Brief: Garage Plan Expected Wednesday, Electors to Vote on Collinsville Grant

August 8, 2016 Government No Comments
The town's Public Works Facility at 50 Old River Road.

The town’s Public Works Facility at 50 Old River Road.

On Wednesday night, the Board of Selectmen is expected to discuss a Public Works facility proposal that could go to voters in November.

Earlier this year, after years of controversy, site searches and failed referendums, the town came up with a concept for rebuilding at its current site – 50 Old River Road – on the banks of the Farmington River.

Like past plans, this one has been the subject of some controversy. Recently the board authorized spending as much as $25,000 for Fuss & O’Neill to further develop the plan.

“As requested by the Board of Selectmen, the Town has contracted with Fuss & O’Neill to review the proposal to build a new Public Works Facility at 50 Old River Road,” Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner wrote in the packet for the upcoming Board of Selectmen meeting on Wednesday. “Over the past 10 days Town Staff have been reviewing the original proposal and several variations with Fuss & O’Neill with an emphasis on simplifying the proposal and reducing costs. Pursuant to the agreement with Fuss & O’Neill they will have a revised conceptual site plan, renderings and floor plan by the August 10th Board meeting. They will also have a preliminary cost estimate.”

For more on the subject, please see our most recent story here.

Also, on Wednesday, electors at a special town meeting will vote on two projects, including whether to accept a $1.3 million Connecticut Department of Transportation Responsible Growth and Transit-Orientated Development Grant for improvements in downtown Collinsville. See our story about the grant here.

The other question will involve whether the town should take $221,500 from its reserves to partially fund the replacement of a section of the roof on the Cherry Brook Elementary School.

The special town meeting starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, in Room F of the Canton Public Library & Community Center building at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. The Board of Selectmen meeting will follow the special town meeting.

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