VTANG Field Repair Shop

posted Jun 12, 2014, 9:01 AM by 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

Members 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

Local 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