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Plum Lake town board hires survey firm

April 10, 2020 by Brian Jopek

The Plum Lake town board last week approved the hiring of a surveying firm that will survey land that could be a future home for a new town garage. 

The property, roughly 15 acres owned by the Ruth Alexander Trust, is actually needed by the town for culvert installation as part of reconstruction of several hundred feet of Carl Eliason Street. 

“That would be more than ample for any of our needs,” town chairman Will Maines said. 

 As for a possible new town garage, construction of which would have to be approved by town electors, Maines and town supervisor Gary Schmidt said up to three acres of the 15 acres could be used as a possible location for that structure. 

Otherwise, Maines said Friday the town was looking at putting the town garage, if ultimately approved by voters, on town property where its recycling area is. 

The town board approved the hiring of Maines & Associates to survey the land, the funding for the surveying coming from the town’s highway repaving portion of its budget. 

“It’s my cousin’s son,” Maines said of the firm. 

Friday, Maines said as soon as the snow is gone, he’d like to see the property surveyed “as soon as possible so we can move forward.”

“We wanted to get the road project done this summer, whether we get a grant or not,” he said. “But now, we’re in a situation where if whoever gets the bid isn’t booked up already.”

Regarding cost estimates for a new town garage, Maines said the town is still waiting for those from Steve Jamroz with Blue Design Group. 

He was hoping to be able to have those figures as part of a presentation for town electors at the annual meeting in April. 

“Now, we may have to put that off,” Maines said. “One thing I think we’re definitely going to go forward with at the April meeting because we do have a projected cost is a new salt shed.”

The cost estimate for that is in the $250,000 range. 

“We desperately need that,” Maines said of the town’s current salt shed. “It’s an old shed that was never intended for that purpose. To me, it could be dangerous for the guys working in there.”

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

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