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Glen board eyes building to buy for new garage

Would accommodate highway department

Glen town board members are shown at its regular meeting on Monday. From the left are Councilmen Thomas Murray Jr., Kirk Field, Supervisor John Thomas, and Councilman Ron Crewell,right. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

GLEN — Plans for a new town highway garage continue to move forward as the town board passed a resolution at its regular meeting Monday to spend up to $4,000 on inspections for a building the town is eyeing to buy for the new garage.

The town was looking to build a new garage and town office building on a five-acre parcel of land owned by the town on Auriesville Road.

Supervisor John Thomas said the town is currently in the midst of looking at a building at 3950 Route 30A that is currently owned by Tim Delaney of Mayfield.

Thomas said that current building is about 50 percent bigger than what they were looking to build. He said the building is 15,000 sq. feet. Town officials were looking to build something that was 10,000 sq. feet.

“This would be a perfect fit, so I reached out to [Delaney] a few months ago and he is willing to sell,” Thomas said.

He said Delaney is looking for $600,000.

Thomas said the current owner is underutilizing the building. He said he is only using about two bays worth of stuff.

Before the town makes any decisions on whether to purchase the building, it will be following through with the next necessary steps such as a consolidating funding application and some inspections, which is where the $4,000 would go towards. Thomas said he would like to get the heat and water turned on just to verify everything is where it needs to be.

“The owner has been very flexible and willing to work with us,” Thomas said. “I think he’s giving us a very good price on that building.”

Thomas said if everything falls into place, the town would hopefully own the building and have it ready to use for the highway department by the end of summer or early fall.

“I mean, we need to do some site work, and we need to do some paving. It would be nice if we put on some bigger doors,” Thomas said.

Thomas said the highway department’s current garage is at the end of its life.

Councilman Kirk Field said there is a margin of error of fitting the town’s largest truck in the garage door by one inch on both sides.

“The current garage has significant efficiency issues,” Field said.

The building the town is looking to buy also has some offices on the end of the building, so there would be office space if the town were to decide to move the town offices to that building.

“It’s an absolutely gorgeous building,” Thomas said.

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