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Plum Lake sets joint meeting date for new town garage plans

April 17, 2020 by Brian Jopek

The Plum Lake Town Board will meet jointly next month with the town’s building committee to discuss the latest plans for a new town garage. 

On Friday, March 13, town chairman Will Maines said in addition to building plans, the town has received a cost estimate from architect Steve Jamroz with Blue Design Group of roughly $750,000.

That’s in addition to a $250,000 estimate for a new salt shed which Maines said “almost has to be done this fall.”

“We can look at the drawings that Steve did (for the town garage),” he said. “Personally, I think there are more bays than we need. There may be some revisions, but it gives us a starting point.”

He said the hope is to have everything ready for the April 19 annual meeting when town electors could be presented the building plans. 

“With different options for them to consider,” Maines said. 

The joint town board/building committee is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, which Maines indicated might mean a different special meeting of the electors at some point.

“We’ll have to see how that goes,” he said. “In the meantime, we have to get together, look over the plans and decide if it’s more than we need or just right.”

The town has also hired a firm to put together the bid specifications for reconstruction of about 300 feet of Carl Eliason Street. 

The primary purpose for that approximately $275,000 project is drainage and Maines said the street “should have been fixed 40 years ago.”

He said the project is in the town budget, but there’s also the possibility of grant that would pay 50% of the cost if approved. 

“It really needs it,” Maines said. “That’s gotta be done no matter what.”

Tied into that project, which he said would be done in 2021 if it doesn’t happen this year, is the town garage by virtue of 15 acres the Ruth Alexander Trust has offered the town, which could use up to three acres for the drainage project. 

A portion of the rest of the 15 acres, then could be used as a possible location for a new town garage. 

“That’s why it was proposed to give us 15 acres instead of the two or three that we need,” Maines said. “Otherwise, we could build the town garage where we were talking about before, which would be the land the town has by our recycling center and salt shed.”

There quite a few moving parts at the moment and he said it’ll probably take more than one meeting. 

“We’re moving ahead,” Maines said. “It’s not at a snail’s pace, but it’s not jackrabbit pace, either.”

Brian Jopek may be reached via email at [email protected]

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