Andes set to bond new garage project this month; project scheduled for completion by year's end


By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Andes is on schedule to begin work on a new highway garage this summer, and is still expecting to occupy the new facility by the end of the year.
On Monday, during the first board meeting in the new town offices, officials received an encouraging update from Delaware Engineering, which has handled the project’s design.
“Everything is going very well. The design of the building is 95 percent finished,” said Dave Olman, DE’s representative. “Everyone wants to reach the bid date, and the goal is still to reach it by the end of this month.”
If the schedule can be maintained, the town will begin to seek bids for a municipal bond through advertising on June 30. The bidding is expected to last through July with an award being announced on July 30. Delaware Engineering is projecting a five-month construction time, which could squeeze the project’s completion into 2008.
Three loose ends were identified in the project’s plans at present. The DEP has given a verbal approval of the building’s septic system design, but complete, official approval is still pending. Birchwood Archaeological Services, of Sidney was contracted to investigate the site after some Native American artifacts were found near the building site; in its report, BAS “determined there was no significant historical evidence to prevent further progress,” according to DE’s assessment. The archeological study has been sent to the states Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation for review.
“I believe that no further studies will be required,” said Olman.
The final regulatory hurdle concerns the proposed site’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan. The design of this system will also have to be approved by the DEP.
Olman noted that the DEP had issued a negative declaration for the site, following that department’s SEQR review.
The new garage will have eight truck bays, five for storage, one work bay and two drive-through bays. It will also include office space, rooms for record storage and a staff lounge, as well as bathrooms for men and women.
The town board passed a resolution to approve a $2,750 addition to Delaware Engineering’s contract to cover the cost of the archeological investigation.
Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly used the occasion to welcome all those attending the meeting to the new town hall. The move to the new facility was accomplished on June 6. All town offices, with the exception of the town court, have relocated to the pool building on Delaware Avenue, which was renovated in recent months.
“I’d like to thank everyone in town who helped out with the move,” Donnelly said. He described the relocation as a “very economical” option that was completed “in the best interests of the taxpayers.”
While the meeting was held in an orderly if cramped room, the town clerk’s report reminded residents that there is still organizational work to be done.