Highway garage a priority in 2010

MINEVILLE - The town of Moriah highway garage was built with little regard to energy costs.

Times have changed.

Moriah officials are searching for grant funds to renovate the highway garage, located on Joyce Road in Mineville, in an attempt to save money on energy.

"Capital improvements are needed at the highway garage," Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said during the Jan. 12 town board meeting. "There are grants out there for energy-efficiency projects. We need to find them.

"If we're not successful in finding grant funding," he added, "we have to do it any way."

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority was scheduled to do an audit the highway garage this week to identify energy-related issues.

The Moriah garage is a "butler building," constructed about 40 years ago. A metal structure, it was not built to withstand the weight of snow. Instead, because heating fuel was inexpensive at the time, the design allows heat to rise to the roof and melt the snow.

Besides its design, Scozzafava said there are issues with the garage's heating system, insulation, doors and lighting.

A new highway garage is out of the question, Scozzafava said.

"A new building is just too expensive," he said. "But we need to do something. One of the responsibilities of a town is to have a highway department to maintain its roads.

"We have to make the highway garage a priority in 2010," Scozzafava concluded.

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