Shaftsbury Select Board will formally vote on garage site

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SHAFTSBURY >> At its Nov. 7 meeting, the Select Board will formally vote on whether to make the proposed site on North Road the official site for a new town garage that will appear on the ballot this March.

Town Administrator David Kiernan said that after the site is official, he will work on putting up a sign describing the plan at the site itself. "People can look at it and see exactly what we're talking about," he said.

Complications in the purchase of 510 North Road have slowed down the board's officially naming the site. Most of the garage would sit on land already owned by the town, but a small portion of the building would intersect the 510 North Road property. "We can still put the garage up top even if we don't own that piece of property," said board chairman Tim Scoggins, "It would be better if we owned that piece of property."

He said there has been recent movement on that sale, and he is optimistic that it will eventually be completed.

"Confidence is high that we will be acquiring that piece of property, and I think it's time that we start moving toward a bond vote in March, assuming that will be the site of the garage," said Scoggins.

"We have room to move (the garage) up, in the ultimate worst case scenario," said Kiernan, "Seeing that no shovel is going in the ground until well after the bond vote, so moving it a few feet in one direction or the other isn't going to affect the whole project."

Voters in March approved the property purchase, at 510 North Road, for $30,000 to be paid over a period of five years or less. "We've run into a title defect," said Scoggins in a comment about the purchasing delay in June, "which has to do with a name that showed up in the title search, of someone who's deceased. To get that cleared up, we have to go to probate court, so we're looking at however long that takes, I'm guessing a month or two."

The board meets the first and third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Cole Hall on Buck Hill Road in Shaftsbury. Full recordings of their meetings are available on Catamount Access Television, and on the station's YouTube page.

Contact Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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