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Morristown Board of Education approves village garage, plans parking lot repaving

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MORRISTOWN – The Morristown Board of Education approved a plan at Thursday’s meeting to have village and town workers repave the school’s back parking lot for roughly $12,000.

The board also signaled its approval for the construction of a new village garage near the school – a project they objected to at May’s board meeting citing the possibility for students to be distracted by work at the building.

As an alternative the board proposed moving the village garage to a plot near the intersection of Columbia Street and High Street but Village Superintendent of Public Works Kevin J. Crosby said it would be prohibitively expensive to install water and sewer lines at that location.

The board’s approval of the village’s plan to build the garage on the corner of Northumberland and Gouverneur Streets was granted after they were given details of the project. Board President Cyril H. Aldrich Jr. said the project will see the new building built so it is essentially in front of the cafeteria and away from classrooms.

“I think it will be the least disturbing [location],” Mr. Aldrich said.

Mr. Crosby said the controversy over the proposed garage “seemed to have fizzled in a hurry” when the board was made aware of the extent of the project.

Mr. Crosby said the building will be as far as possible from classroom windows and will face away from the school to further reduce noise.

The village already operates a garage – a small building that is barely able to house the village’s equipment – near the location they hope to build a bigger building.

Mr. Crosby said he would like to begin building the garage this year, but isn’t positive they will be able to. He estimates the project will cost less than $150,000.

The work to repave the school’s back parking lot will be completed over the summer, Mr. Crosby said, with the school paying for materials and the fuel for the trucks, paver and roller used in the project.

“It’s fairly simple,” Mr. Crosby said of the project, noting that the area in need of repaving is 20 feet by 500 feet and, essentially, “a straight shot.”

Board Member Shawn R. Macaulay said the school would not be able to find a better deal for paving the parking lot than having the town and village help them out.

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