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 fire district, pending a vote by all commissioners, plans to present the town board with a supporting statement to participate in the project.

After the plans receive feedback from both the fire district and the town board to ensure they address the needs of both municipalities, the plans can be finalized to prepare for Request for Proposals to be sent out.

“We won’t have a cost to put out until we get the RFP’s back,” Sherman said.

During the Nov. 13 town board meeting, Supervisor Dan Connell said the concerns he had for the new space was the lack of a cost estimate.

The group has used material collected by AES, a consulting firm hired by the town that collected information from the fire department, DPW, town and Westport Central School.

“AES interviewed the different entities to find out what they needed in the building and collected data about the site,” Gibbs said.

At the time the town was looking to see if one building could meet the needs of a new town hall, fire department, DPW building and include space for the school to conduct bus repairs. The plans were not approved by the voters in July 2011.

The board members hope the combined project will be a cost effective alternative to two new buildings and the mounting costs the town is paying in fines towards building code violations in both buildings. Connell said if the town doesn’t decide to go forward then it will to continue to pay fines for the buildings code violations.

After the committee meets on Dec. 10, they can begin talking about estimates. Sherman said in the 2013-2014 town budget there are funds allocated to the construction of this project. The next step in the process is to have the town and the fire district say they want this building.

Residents can view some of the designs the blue prints that are available for the public at the town hall.

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