'Green' solution found for proposed library parking
Municipalities throughout the state and New England may soon come to Sherman as a learning destination when building in their towns.
The inspiration could be a "green" solution reached recently for creation of a 36-vehicle parking area included in the Sherman Library expansion plans.
This porous asphalt is created without the sand component of the more commonly used non-porous asphalt product found in parking lots and roadways, Mr. Szymanski explained.
"Water can filter through it, infiltrating into the ground beneath," Mr. Szymanski said. "It's better for the environment" as there is no standing water/oil build up in the lot for environmentally damaging runoff into culverts.
"We were trying to find a creative solution for a tight site. They showed us low-impact site development techniques at the two universities," he said.
Library Building Committee chairman Clay Cope is excited about this aspect of the project. He noted Mr. Szymanski is donating a machine that would vacuums sand and debris from the parking lot so as little sediment as possible would go into catch basins.
"We were thrilled that they could come up with an innovative green solution," Mr. Cope said.
A rain garden will be incorporated at the Sherman Library site, a swale with plantings that soak up rainwater as it runs from the parking lot.
A grass line swale would also be included, with grass plantings to encourage infiltration of storm water runoff, Mr. Szymanski explained. The grass line swale would also provide a site for snow to be piled as it is plowed off the parking lot.
The lot would sit tightly against Saw Mill Road. A sidewalk along the lot would allow for safe pedestrian traffic.
"We see other towns' commissions and boards coming to Sherman to see this cutting edge storm water technology," Mr. Szymanski said. "Sherman has made a step toward being a learning site for the region."
-- Susan Tuz