BRASHER FALLS - Brasher Town Board members agreed Wednesday to go out for bids on their new municipal garage on County Route 53, approving a legal notice that seeks bids for general construction work, plumbing work, heating-ventilation and air conditioning work and electrical work.
Sealed bids are due by 4 p.m. Nov. 6. The board meets the following day for their regular session.
Town officials are working with Beardsley Design Associates, Malone, on the project.
Councilman John M. Keenan said his concern was the potential cost of the project based on what Town Supervisor M. James Dawson had discussed during their September meeting.
Mr. Dawson had told board members last month that he had initially budgeted $1.3 million for the new building two years ago, and the cost estimates from the architectural firm indicated it could cost anywhere from $1.2 million to $1.5 million to construct it.
He said they had already spent more than $100,000 on the project, including the cost to purchase the land, conduct an archaeological study, drill and survey the property. There have also been expenses payable to Beardsley Design Associates.
But, Mr. Dawson said Wednesday, his concern was that they stay within the budget, not that they wouldnt have enough funding for the project.
I said I didnt want to go over what we allocated. I didnt say theres not enough money, he said. I said to Barry (Halperin from Beardsley Design Associates) the other day I was still concerned about the cost. He think he thinks its going to be pretty close.
Mr. Dawson said theyve already decided how to shave some of the costs off the project.
We have to have a concrete containment for the storage of the fuel oil, gasoline, that kind of thing. Well build that ourselves. Well also do the pad for the salt shed when we move it from its present location, he said.
Contractors will also prep the area in front of the garage for paving, but the towns highway department will do the paving themselves to save more money, Mr. Dawson said.
At this point, he said, theyll need to wait for the bids to come in to see how they proceed with the project.
The bids go out and well see what they come in at. If they come in too high we can rebid. Is this a good time to bid? Yeah. Will they get started this fall? Maybe not, I dont know, the town supervisor said.
He said, however, that the project should be finished by this time next year, and by then theyll also have received another casino gaming compact check. The building project is being financed using money the town receives from the casino gaming compact rather than financing the project as an additional burden for taxpayers.
This is really a gift. Its like manna from heaven. We can do it without raising taxes, he said.
With casino gaming compact money coming to the town again this year, board members had moved ahead with plans for the garage in June, agreeing to enter into a contract with Beardsley Design Associates to begin work on the building. Beardsley Design Associates had worked with the town on the construction of their municipal building in Brasher Falls several years ago.
The current town garage located in Helena was purchased from the St. Lawrence Seaway for $1 in 1958, and they had to build the foundation and walls for the steel building that had served as a storage shed for the Seaway.
The building is not big enough for the highway departments vehicles, hot air furnaces are hanging from the ceiling and some of the walls are crumbling and have needed repairs, according to town officials.
A salt shed and sand are also kept at a separate location owned by the town on Meyers Road, meaning highway personnel have to travel from the town garage to that site every time they need to load up.
Town officials purchased 5.35 acres of property from Leon Dishaw on County Route 53 in Helena for $35,000 for the new municipal garage.