Visitors pour into new Corcoran Public Works garage

Some of Corcoran’s Public Works staff gather with City Administrator Brad Martens (left). Pictured with him are (left to right) Brandon Heinz, Public Works Superintendent Pat Meister, Tom Tombers and Eric Menth. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf) The new Corcoran Public Works garage enables employees to get at a piece of equipment without having to move other pieces of equipment. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf) New equipment lifts enable Public Works staff to get underneath trucks to change oil. In the background, open house visitors sit in the maintenance bay and chat over brats and root beer floats. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
Visitors stroll past trucks in the main garage. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
Brandt Patnode, of Corcoran, gets a feel for what it is like to drive heavy equipment. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
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Some of Corcoran’s Public Works staff gather with City Administrator Brad Martens (left). Pictured with him are (left to right) Brandon Heinz, Public Works Superintendent Pat Meister, Tom Tombers and Eric Menth. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)

They came despite heavy rains

Despite a downpour, an estimated 175 people turned out for the open house at Corcoran’s new Public Works garage Thursday, May 8. City Administrator Brad Martens called the turnout “pretty impressive.”

Visitors crawled inside equipment and strolled past trucks, road graders and a skid-steer loader. Corcoran offered brats, potato chips and root beer floats.

Up until now, Corcoran Public Works has been operating out of cramped, dilapidated quarters at 9525 Cain Road and storing equipment outside at different locations, with the help of several generous landowners, Martens said.

The new Public Works garage, at 9100 County Road 19, enables the city to house and maintain all of its equipment inside in one place. Equipment is protected from the ravages of weather, and in winter, 50-degree indoor temperatures make it easier for the employees to start up snow plows.

“Now that all the equipment has its own space, each piece is accessible so we don’t have to move three items to get at the one needed for the particular task,” Martens continued.

The facility also has safety features such as vehicle lifts, a welding hood and an overhead crane for hoisting huge items such as snow plow blades.

Contact Susan Van Cleaf at [email protected]