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What’s Inside Public Works Box? Another Box!

SANATOGA PA – Think of it as “a building inside a building;” at least, that’s how Lower Pottsgrove Township Manager Ed Wagner last Monday (Feb. 1, 2016) described anticipated new construction at the municipal public works complex, 1239 N. Pleasant View Rd.

In answering audience questions during the month’s first Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Wagner explained that a planned “retrofit” of the public works garage – budgeted this year at a cost of $38,530 – would involve erecting a structure inside the mostly unheated and cavernous pole barn where equipment like plows, trucks, and backhoes are already stored.

The enclosed space would be a heated and furnished, 23-foot-by-20-foot, two-story space that provides working area and a break room for the four-member public works crew. Construction is expected to begin once warmer weather arrives and snow-clearing duties have ended, probably in late March or early April, Wagner said.

It won’t be fancy, he pledged, but it will serve the purpose of giving employees a first-floor place to eat and, during blizzard conditions or emergencies, rest. The second floor will likely be used as an office for Public Works Supervisor John Fogel, Wagner added.

For what passes as architectural services to lay out the building, the township relied on local supplier A.D. Moyer Lumber, 300 Armand Hammer Blvd. Its staff used specialized computer software to create detailed construction plans, according to Wagner, as well as print out lists of all necessary materials down to the last 2×4 and the number of nails needed.

The crew will do the assembly work itself, he noted.

Township Commissioners Meet Feb. 18

Commissioners are next scheduled to meet Feb. 18 (2016; Thursday) at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 1 meeting):

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