posted Jun 12, 2014, 9:01 AM by Staff News & Citizen
by Andrew Martin
The project to build a Vermont Army National Guard (VTANG) facility in
North Hyde Park has received a new timeline. On Thursday, May 8,
Facilities Manager Mike Gingras of VTANG met with the Hyde Park
Selectboard to update them on the progress of the project and the
timeline moving forward.
At the meeting Gingras informed the
board that the estimated construction start date for Phase One of the
project is the spring of 2015. Phase One of the project would involve
the building of a new Field Maintenance Shop (FMS) in North Hyde Park to
replace an existing FMS in Lyndonville, which typically is home to
about 50 vehicles. A new, larger FMS is needed due to the fact that most
of the current shops used by VTANG are no longer large enough to work
on many of the vehicles in circulation.
Gingras also informed
the board that Phase Two of the project, which will involve additions to
the new FMS in order to also replace the existing FMS in St. Albans, is
likely at least two years away from construction. Along with the
addition of more bays to accommodate the vehicles from the second FMS
Phase Two would also call for the construction of a wash bay.
Phase Three of the project will involve the construction of a new 48,000
square foot Readiness Center/Armory to replace the Morrisville Armory.
According to Gingras Phase Three of the project is not likely to occur
for some time. The earliest he believed it could occur is in six years,
and he added that the start and completion timelines for all three
phases of the project are contingent on federal funding.
This Week's Photos
of the Lamoille River Anglers joined with the Lamoille County Natural
Resources Conservation District (LCNRCD) to plant trees down at the
Oxbow in Morrisville. Pictured: Kim Comer, of LCNRCD, and anglers Tom
Scarf, Doug Molde, Hayley Audet, and Dan Noyes. Trees like willows and
mountain ash were planted along the riverbank, with some apple trees
planted inside the walking path for aesthetics. - Smith photo
law enforcement personnel joined with area Special Olympics Athletes to
carry the Torch through Lamoille County on Friday, May 30. With their
help, the Torch made it to Chittenden County for the kickoff of the
Special Olympics. - Smith photo