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Westport continues to seek alternatives for highway garage

The town is continuing to pay for repairs mandated by the state at its highway garage.

The town is continuing to pay for repairs mandated by the state at its highway garage. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “We must decide what is the next level of planning so we can make the right decisions for the town,” Gibbs said.

Connell said the board is not prepared to present anything to the town at this time.

Since taking office 11 years ago, Connell said the town has been trying to come up with plans for an upgraded highway garage.

“We spent 10 years creating the proposal for the joint municipal facility,” Connell said. “The plans were unable to be followed through on and now, that project is dead.”

Connell said the multiple code violations that facilities have faced, matched with the need for adequate storage and safety improvements have been slowly met over time. The final code violation notice came from the DEC on Jan. 3.

“The purchase of the new oil/water separator will satisfy the final violation we have for the current highway department,” Connel said. “We have many things we would like to do, but for now we have addressed the violations.”

Connell said the board will approve the purchase of the system at the next regular board meeting.

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