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Morristown village garage proposal on hold until next year

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MORRISTOWN — Plans for a new village garage are on hold for the remainder of the year in order to secure a variance for the project.

Village Superintendent of Public Works Kevin J. Crosby said the new garage wouldn’t meet the village’s set-back requirements and so the village is in the process of getting an exception to the law approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

“We’re just going through the normal process,” Mr. Crosby said. “The first part of the process is applying for the permit and getting rejected.”

Mr. Crosby said the proposed garage is technically too large for the plot of land at Gouverneur and Northumberland streets, and not far enough away from the road.

The current village garage is too small to house all of the village’s equipment, forcing some things, like the plow truck, to sit outside year-round.

The new garage also will house a permanent dumping station for campers to use. A temporary station, the only one between Jacques Cartier Park and Ogdensburg, has been set up by the village docks.

Mr. Crosby said he never expected the garage to move forward this summer, though it was discussed early in the year as a low-priority project that would be helpful to have finished.

Next year is a different story; Mr. Crosby said the project “definitely” will go forward next summer.

In June, Mr. Crosby said the project likely would cost less than $150,000.

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