Vehicle maintenance and replacement costs should soon be cut back in Sherman.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Sherman would be one of 27 towns in the state to receive a $205,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant for a public works wash station.

"These are investments that will make our towns better places to live and work," explained Malloy. "They will increase the quality of life."

The Sherman wash station should help protect the environment and adjacent watershed through the inclusion of a buried tank under the washing shed to catch any contaminants in the wash water.

The wash station will be used to clean road salt and magnesium chloride used during the winter from public vehicles, specifically Public Works trucks and equipment, Fire Department vehicles and the town's ambulance.

"This will also fund our storm water management plan that has been languishing for years," First Selectman Clay Cope said.

"The volunteer Fire Department is getting a new half-million dollar rescue pumper," he added, "and Public Works is getting a new $285,000 dump truck this summer."

"It's so important that we take care of what we have in Sherman," said the town's chief executive, "and this will go a big way toward maintaining our fleet."

Susan Tuz