The Spring Brook Twp. Board of Supervisors gathered on August 23 for the official groundbreaking for the township's new municipal garage project.  Also on hand for the groundbreaking were State Representative Mike Carroll, Senator John Blake, and several township employees.

The new garage will be located to the rear of the township property behind the existing DPW garage, and although construction of the new building has just begun, township officials are hopeful that work on the facility will be completed by the end of the year.

Once the new 107’ x 75’ pre-engineered metal building is completed, it will be a welcome upgrade from the current building, according to township secretary Tami Gillette.

“Our existing garage is unheated and we do not have enough space to house all of our trucks and equipment.

“The new building will allow our road department to work on the equipment as needed in a heated space and will allow us to provide adequate room to keep the trucks and equipment out of the elements.

“The new building will also include a break room and restroom,” explained Ms. Gillette.

Ms. Gillette further explained that once the move to the new garage is complete, the old garage will be repurposed to provide much-needed storage space for township equipment and other items.

The township’s municipal garage project has been funded in part by a Local Share Account grant. Local Share Account grants distribute some of the revenue from licensed gaming facilities “to support and enhance community and economic well-being and mitigate the impact of gaming and related activities.” Through the assistance of State Representative Mike Carroll and Senator John Blake, Spring Brook Twp. was approved for $412,000 for the project.

Louis LaFratte, Spring Brook Twp.’s engineer, is overseeing the municipal garage project.   D & M Construction Unlimited, Inc., of Clarks Summit, is the general contractor.

Other contractors working on the project include Rise Construction Company, Inc. (pre-engineered metal building contract); Everon Electrical Contractors, Inc. (electrical contract); C. W. Schultz & Son, Inc. (HVAC and plumbing contracts); and E & R Roofing & Construction Company LTD (EPDM roofing contract).

With the municipal garage project now underway, supervisors have further improvements to the township infrastructure in mind. Ms. Gillette indicated that township supervisors are currently working diligently to apply for additional grant funding to help pay for next year's road projects.