The Montgomery town board approved an office trailer for highway department employees to use after a report from Anderson Design Group concluded the highway garage was structurally unsafe.
The board approved a trailer for $506 a month from Versatile Office Trailers for a one-year lease at the meeting on April 4. Superintendent of Highways Charles Woznick said the trailer will serve as a breakroom while the board determines what to do with the highway garage.
“It’s an insurance policy just in case you do need it, it will be there,” Woznick said.
As of April 8, the highway department was still using a portion of the garage for storage of vehicles. Mechanics were still entering that portion, which Woznick said is safe.
“We never put anybody’s life in jeopardy at all,” Woznick said.
The highway department does not have to leave the building until the town building inspector condemns it, Woznick said.
Board member Cindy Voss suggested seeking a second structural engineering report from a different engineer, but the board ultimately decided to table the suggestion until Voss could do more research on the issue.
Town Supervisor Rodney Winchell said action needed to be taken soon on the issue.
“To leave men in harm’s way, I don’t think it’s wise,” Winchell said.
The next board meeting will be a work session at town hall on April 17 at 6 p.m.