Sawmills to get larger storage for equipment

Feb. 21, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

It all came down to cost, but a new addition to the Sawmills public works department may be in place by the end of the summer.

The Sawmills Town Council chose the low bid Tuesday night, from Mastercraft Log & Custom Homes LLC in the amount of $153,875, for a storage building to house new equipment. The town’s current storage space is inadequate and equipment is now sitting outside, exposed to the elements, said Town Administrator Seth Eckard.

“As you can imagine, this is not good for the long-term health of the town’s investments,” Eckard said Wednesday. “This also provides extra, needed security for the town’s investments.”

The project includes a 50-by-60-feet (3,000 square feet) commercial-grade metal building with a wash pit, four large bays, lighting, parking lot improvements, stormwater drainage and an exhaust ventilation system. It will be built near the current public works building off Mission Road.

Ten percent of the overall project cost goes towards engineering services and site preparations. Groundbreaking for the project is expected to take place in a month.

Sawmills had budgeted $150,000 for the project.

The council also approved an employee health plan that would reduce the amount of the deductible in employees’s insurance to $500 but would raise the premium. The measure would be no additional cost to the town, but employees will pay the difference of the

cost between the current plan, which carries a $1,000 deductible, and the new plan. The increase will be about $39 a month, Eckard said.