GHA eyes kitchen renovations

Considering countertop replacements

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority is looking to make improvements to kitchens in at least one entire building next year.

Frank DeSantis, temporary building maintenance supervisor, said there will be contract going on to replace all the countertops in Dubois Gardens, the plumbing in the laundry room at Kingsboro Towers and possibly replace some countertops at Forest Hill Towers.

“We are getting prices on the different unit types. Then we are going to decide which ones are in need of countertop replacement and to replace doors,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis said the number of countertops done at Forest Hills will depend on the bids that come in.

DeSantis said the GHA will be expanding the laundromat at Kingsboro Towers.

He said there will be a walk through and the bid opening will be on Jan. 10.

∫ The GHA will be bringing in a new company to handle laundry services for its three properties. The board approved a contract with CSC Service Works of Conn. during the meeting.

The new five-year contract will see residents get a refillable card to use to pay for use of the washers and dryers instead of coins. New machines will also be brought in.

Commissioner Marcia Weiss said each apartment will be issued one of the refillable cards. She said lost cards will carry a charge for a new one. Faulty cards will be replaced free of charge.

Weiss said one of the bidders did not include the card readers, which is something the GHA wanted.

Towne said the GHA will get 54 percent of the commission through the contract. The previous contract was 40 percent. Weiss said the previous contractor would only go to 50 percent in the agreement.

Towne said the previous contract ends on Dec. 31, and he said he is hopeful that the new contract can start as soon as possible.

“There will be a little transition from the previous contract to the new one,” Towne said.

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