PORTLAND - The issue of the Town of Portland's highway barn, which has been on the agenda at the last several meetings, may now have a definite direction.
At the December board meeting Town supervisor Daniel Schrantz reported about the current situation.
"CE & M Engineering has contacted STC Construction and has had the floor looked at and measured for a price to do a complete tear-out, and possibly an overlay," Schrantz said. "Price estimates were obtained for both."
Councilman Gary Miller asked how contractors would go about that process and if it is a viable solution.
"My concern is, with the cracking that has occurred on that floor, something must be wrong with the base," Schrantz said. "If you put an overlay on it, the overlay would probably crack too."
The town supervisor also noted that to this point, the only possible solutions that remain are to overlay and seal the existing floor as is, or completely tear it up.
No action was taken and the council will discuss the matter further at future meetings.
The council also hopes to have concrete proposals to review at their next monthly meeting about the two different propositions for the Peerless Street Bridge.
After speaking with representatives from E & M Engineering, Schrantz anticipates the council will be provided with cost estimates for the two different options for the bridge to review at the January meeting.
In other matters, the councilmen authorized a county bid priced trade in of a town highway pick-up truck, and the purchase of a heavy duty truck to replace an existing 2001 model.
Before authorizing the heavy duty truck purchase, the council conferred with Kelley whether there were any anticipated big purchases necessary for the department in the future.
Kelley said only an excavator is anticipated to be replaced within the next few years. The 2001 model will be brought to auction in order to yield an estimated $5 to $10 thousand, according to Kelley.
Councilman Rick Manzella agreed that so far it has worked out well to get the most use out of the town's equipment as possible, pay up front for any replacement equipment and continue to keep them well-maintained.
Kelley and the rest of the council wished town residents a safe and happy holiday season.