May eyed for Ferrisburgh garage

FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh road foreman John Bull now projects, after this winter’s harsh weather, that the town’s new highway garage will be ready in mid-May.
Residents approved in December of 2013 an $850,000 bond to pay for most of the $1.05 million, 5,940-square-foot, six-bay Ferrisburgh garage.
 Initially, plans called for a fall completion date, but after typical delays in design and construction, Bull said earlier this week it was best to slow things down during this past untypical winter.
Regardless, Bull said he and the rest of the crew are looking forward to moving into their new digs.
“We’re tickled,” he said.
As of now, foundation, roofing and siding have been installed on a building that is modeled after Bridport’s town garage. It is being erected across the parking lot from the department’s existing Little Chicago Road garage and sheds.
The current Ferrisburgh garage, built in about 1950 and expanded in the 1970s and 1990s, remains in service while the department awaits its new headquarters.
The new building will include 5,100 square feet of space offering six doors for trucks, equipment and parts storage, plus 840 square feet of attached office space.
The building, unlike the old one, will be insulated to modern levels. An existing, recently upgraded salt shed and pole barn will remain on the site.
Bull has said the existing garage lacks room to properly maintain and store trucks and equipment, and is so cramped workers have to climb over pieces of equipment to reach other equipment. He has described that situation as a safety hazard. 

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