Concept for new Westport DPW and Fire house presented

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.

— The town of Westport is getting closer to having plans for a new combined Department of Public Works and fire station put before the public.

The TOW's highway committees, a subcommittee consisting of town board member Tim Sherman, DPW Superintendent Dennis Westover, Representative for the fire district Gordon Decker, Engineering Venture Consultant Peter Gibbs and community members Nancy Page and Rick Rockeffer have worked to identify what the needs will be for the building and how to present them to an architect.

The concept drawings were presented at the town board meeting on Nov. 13 and at the fire district meeting on Nov. 20.

The plans outline a joint building which will be built on the property where the current DPW building stands on Route 22.

“Up to this point no one has spent any money, this is just a concept where everyone has volunteered their time,” Gibbs said.

The committee’s drawings outline the even split of the simply designed building. The current proposed plan calls for a single building for the DPW and Fire Department to share. The building will be divided equally and they will share an operations room, bathroom facilities, meeting space, kitchen area and break room.

“This is basically one building serving two functions,” Decker said at the fire district meeting.

The group has met for informational sessions and roundtable discussions six times to create a building design to put before both the town board and the fire district.

For the DPW and Fire District to share a building, the town would need to take responsibility for the property and lease the building space to the fire district.

“This could allow the town to put the current fire department back on the tax rolls,” Fabre said. “The fire department would be less than a mile from the current department so it won’t affect response time.”

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