Washington makes progress rebuilding from fire
Progress is being made replacing the Washington Highway Department's garage, which was destroyed May 2 in a fire.
Demolition was completed on the garage in late June and the town's insurance company, Connecticut Municipal Insurance, is having an engineer examine the foundation to see if it has to be replaced.
First Selectman Mark Lyon has met with the design-build company and will be submitting estimates for reconstruction.
Changes are possible to the building from its original design.
The current replacement estimate, not including site work repair or replacement of the foundation, is $405,000, Mr. Lyon said.
An early morning fire May 2 destroyed much of the town's fleet of town trucks, lawn-mowing equipment and maintenance equipment and parts.
The cause of the fire is not known, but it was determined the cause was not malicious. No evidence of foul play was found by the state fire marshal's office.
The replacement of one large highway truck was included in the 2012-13 budget and voters approved $600,000 for road maintenance at the May 17 town meeting.
Up to $400,000 of that figure was approved for fleet replacement.
-- Susan Tuz