Since 2012, Delaware Engineering has been assisting the Town of Delaware with the planning, permitting, design and construction administration of a new Town Highway Garage Complex. The Town’s existing highway garage is partially located in the floodway of the Callicoon Creek, and relocating the facility was identified as a priority in the Town’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan.
The new facility is being constructed on a 4.4-acre former gravel mine. Since ground disturbance would necessarily exceed one (1) acre, Delaware prepared a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and designed on-site stormwater facilities to treat the increased run-off and to prevent contamination of the nearby Creek.
The facilities to be built include a 3,000 square foot salt shed, a 10,000 square foot highway garage with an internal maintenance bay and facilities to serve 8 to 10 staff members, a cold-storage building, a water well, a septic system and associated sitework.
To complete the project, Delaware Engineering assisted the Town in securing a $100,000 State and Municipal (SAM) Facilities grant, a $394,000 Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) Salt Shed grant, and a $1,800,000 Climate Smart Communities grant.
The Town of Delaware is a certified Climate Smart Community, and in addition to removing the current highway facility from the floodway, the Town is also seeking to implement additional strategies in the new facility to further the initiatives of the Climate Smart Community Pledge.
Initial site preparation was completed in 2019, with 10,000 yards of spoil material removed from the site to accommodate the new facilities. Construction of the salt shed is currently underway. Design plans for the garage are currently being prepared in coordination with the Town, with bidding, and construction is anticipated for later in 2020. This project involved coordination with and/or permitting by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP), NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).