DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

January 30, 2014

Highway garage upgrades makes town list

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — The town’s highway garage will see some renovations if voters agree to spend the money at the polls in March.

A town warrant article will ask residents to spend $180,000 to upgrade and renovate the existing 40-year-old garage on High Range Road.

The building needs a lot of work, officials say, and is inadequate for the equipment and vehicles that need to be stored there.

Public Works director Janusz Czyzowski said one of his main concerns is the status of the garage and its condition. He said there is a desperate need for improvements and upgrades.

That project has been on the radar for a long time, he said.

“We’ve been wanting and begging since 1988 to do improvements to the garage,” he said. “For maintaining 180 miles of roads and 4,000 streets, (the garage) is nothing very impressive.”

Czyzowski said the garage area currently consists of the 4,000 square-foot main garage building, two salt sheds, and several other storage containers and out buildings.

The garage is home to 11 Public Works employees and approximately 30 pieces of heavy equipment.

The open area of the property stores the Highway Division’s large equipment and materials.

The main concrete block building was constructed in 1971 as a one-story, drive-through garage.

The interior of the building is out of date, Czyzowski said, and has no fume or exhaust evacuation system, and has minimal storage space.

Restrooms also need upgrades as there is no separation for male or female use at this time.

Instead of constructing a new facility that would potentially cost the town approximately $1.5 million, the warrant article calls for $180,000 to construct an addition to the existing garage to house a foreman’s office, lunch room, lockers and bathrooms.

Both Town Council and Budget Committee recommended this article for approval.