Castleton officials say bond amount could go up
By Lucia Suarez
STAFF WRITER | January 30,2013
CASTLETON — The expected bond vote for the construction of new town offices might go up in price, town officials said.
Select Board Chairman Thomas Ettori said Monday the board is considering increasing the bond amount to “a hair over $1 million” after having several conversations with architect consultant John Berryhill of NBF Architects. He said, if the board approves it, the bond sought will be worth $1,050,000.
“With that price we could have the property ready for a fire station in the future,” Ettori said. “Enough fill for both buildings will be brought in.”
He said the board still needs to approve the increase on the bond.
The board did not approve and sign the bond resolution and warning Monday night because Selectwoman Cristine Smith did not attend the meeting. Ettori said the board will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Friday to sign them.
The proposed building would be 4,520 square feet that would sit on 5 acres of the Abatiell property off Route 30, just south of the current medical center. The building will include the police department and 31 parking spaces around it. The building would be laid out in a way that would allow a new fire station to be built next to the offices.
With the new $1,050,000 figure, town officials have budgeted for the purchase of the property for $125,000, with $115,000 for site development, $678,000 for construction, $65,000 for contingencies, $60,000 for architectural management and $7,000 for permits.
Ettori said he hopes by the end of February to have an entire breakdown of the plans for the new building.
In addition to the fire station, the future vision for the property includes a helicopter landing pad and a Babe Ruth baseball field.
The bond vote in March will be the third townwide vote in a year. In March last year, residents voted down a $2 million bond to construct a new office building and fire station on a 3-acre lot on Route 4A. In November, a split vote effectively thwarted an effort to renovate the old office building on Main Street.