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School awards contracts

Wheelerville plans $2.6 million project

June 5, 2009
By ZACH SUBAR, The Leader-Herald

CAROGA - The Wheelerville Union Free School awarded three contracts for its $2.6 million capital project at a special board meeting this week.

The project's clerk of the works, Craig Foster, said Thursday the board selected a $1.1 million general contracting bid from Bast Hatfield.

The plumbing and heating contract was awarded to Merit Heating and Plumbing in Albany for $500,000. The district awarded a $330,000 contract to Stilsing Electric from Rensselaer for the electrical work.

Superintendent David Carr said the project, overall, will be under budget by more than $100,000.

There will be a preconstruction meeting between the clerk of the works and the board June 17. Construction is expected to start soon after that date.

Carr said construction likely will take no more than a year, and the bulk of the work will be done over this summer.

"I would love to have it done as soon as possible," Carr said.

The major projects school officials want to accomplish are an addition to the bus garage and the installation of new siding on the school. District officials have said the existing siding has leaks and a heating problem.

The garage addition will allow the district's buses to be kept under a canopy during the winter.

Additional projects include replacing carpet, improving security, upgrading light fixtures to be more energy-efficient, updating the school heating system, redesigning the parking lot and updating the public address and telephone system.

Carr said the district will use about a $1.6 million bond to help pay for the building upgrades and a $413,000 bond for the bus garage. A total of $275,000 from a capital reserve fund and $225,000 from an unreserved fund balance also will help pay for the project.

The district had been looking for a clerk of the works during the winter, and hired Foster about a month ago.

Zach Subar covers rural Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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