WEST BURKE — Selectmen settled on the basic design for a new highway garage on Monday. It will have six bays, a covered storage area plus room for offices, a restroom with shower and a break room. What it lacks is something the town’s road foreman, David Kaufman, hoped would be included: a wash bay in which to clean the town’s vehicles and equipment. The decision was made to move forward without the wash bay because of the cost to dispose of the water that drained from the bay. The current estimate for the new garage is about $3 million. The town’s current garage site is off School Street in West Burke. It’s off a town highway, in a residential area, near the West Branch of the Passumpsic River. The building is several decades old, and is deficient in multiple ways, including air quality, heating, insulation and size.
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