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The Long Lake Town Garage is below street level, which has resulted in foundation problems caused by water. (2013 File Photo/Pete Klein)


Long Lake proceeds with garage

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - Updated: 8:22 AM


Express News Staff

LONG LAKE -- The sad little town highway garage here is crumbling.

Town Supervisor Clark Seaman told the town board July 3 that earlier last week the floor at the back of the garage, where the lavatory is located, dropped over four inches, severing the water line. A port-a-potty has been placed behind the garage.

The garage, which Seaman believes was built in the 1930s, has been known to be in poor condition for more than 10 years. Some money has been set aside for repairs or replacement.

At this point, Seaman says the town can't risk going into the winter with a damaged, unsafe garage.

The town has applied for an $800,000 shared services grant that would fund a new garage to be shared by the town, county and school, but there is no way of knowing before November if the application is successful.

Instead, the town board agreed to proceed on the building without the grant in hand.

"We can't wait," Seaman said, and suggested immediately advertising for requests for proposals on a four-bay metal garage with space for an office and restrooms.

The new garage would be approximately 60 by 80 feet and located on town property.

Seaman believes the town has the funds to build the garage without having to issue bonds, including $567,000 from the sale of the Schiffman Camp on Lake Eaton and money earmarked for repairing or replacing the garage.


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