Open house set for May 8
Corcoran has its entire Public Works Department in one place — for the first time ever — at the new Public Works garage, located at 9100 County Road 19, south of County Road 10.
Soon it will be time for taxpayers to come and see what their money has bought. Corcoran will offer tours of the new facility, chances to ask questions and root beer floats at a public open house 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 8. Visitors will be invited to look over, climb inside and imagine what it’s like to drive pieces of public works equipment.
Up until now Corcoran has been renting space to park public works equipment on various properties around the city, said City Administrator Brad Martens. The equipment sat outside and took a beating from the weather.
The new garage enables Corcoran to store equipment such as snowplows inside in a heated environment. Snowplow operators can jump into plow cabs, quickly start engines and hit the road. A new overhead crane will enable public works employees to safely install heavy snowplow blades. A welding hood will be another new safety feature for equipment maintenance. And maintenance work can be done inside at room temperatures.
Other features of the new facility are gas pumps and storage areas for salt and sand.
Police officers will continue to store squad cars at the Corcoran Police Department on County Road 101, and officers now can bring their squads to the Public Works Department for maintenance and gas.
Martens noted that the new garage is located with convenient access to major transportation arteries in Corcoran, including county roads 19, 10 and 30. This will help public works employees get where they need to go.
Corcoran sold $4 million in bonds to finance the garage and came in nearly on budget, Martens said. Because of change orders, the city is finding $173,000 to bridge a gap between bond proceeds and project costs. In April the City Council also authorized the selling of 10-year equipment certificates, a form of borrowing, to pay for the overhead crane, welding hood and some vehicles.
The Public Works Department hoped to move into its new home late last fall. The certificate of occupancy arrived in January, and employees have been moving things in slowly since them.
Martens said heavy snowstorms delayed the moving in process. Public works had a higher priority: making streets drivable.
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