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Voters will have opportunity to approve/disapprove Capital Plan

GALWAY — The Galway Central School District Board of Education, at its March 29, meeting, passed a resolution to put forth a Capital Improvement Project for voter consideration. The proposed CIP will address items in the most recent Building Condition Survey that the New York state Education Department requires districts to complete every five years. District architects, CSArch, categorized all of the recommendations in the BCS as an immediate need and called for them to be addressed in year one.

“Although we recently completed a capital improvement project that touched nearly every corner of the school, there are items that are urgently needed at the Bus Garage,” said Superintendent Brita Donovan.

“Our most recent annual inspection from the Department of Environmental Conservation found 29 violations due in large part to aging underground fuel tanks and fueling island,” said Galway CSD Business Administrator Jacqlene McAllister, who added, “we can’t get insurance on the underground tanks right now because they are over 20 years old.”

The $3.1 million CIP will include:

∫ Replace the 2000 installed underground gas and diesel tanks at bus garage with above ground storage tanks; fuel dispensing system at bus garage with a modern system that will help with fuel use and efficiency; underground fuel oil heating tanks at bus garage with above ground storage tanks.

∫ Remediate soil as necessary

∫ Replace two vehicle lifts at bus garage and the oil/water separator that is too small and not functioning well.

∫ Repair concrete floors in service bays and provide epoxy floor in service bays and parts room.

∫ Reconstruct pavement with heavy duty asphalt at various locations.

Each year the New York State Department of Transportation conducts at least two safety inspections on every school bus in each school’s fleet.

To maximize state aid on the proposed 2021 Capital Project, it will contain renovations to the following areas that were not touched in the 2016 Capital Project including:

∫ Restrooms near the auditorium and near offices.

∫ Flooring near the entrance to the auditorium and gymnasium.

∫ Replace an underground fuel tank in front of the junior-senior high school (installed in 1988).

∫ Replace the pavilion at the track that collapsed in the winter of 2020. The pavilion will be the same size, but may shift location because plans call for the addition of two separate restrooms with three toilets and sinks in each. The pavilion may also include a sink and storage for future concessions, along with a custodial closet.

∫ Replace the storage shed near the track with a larger building that can accommodate storage for athletic equipment

Funding: The full cost of the proposed CIP will be $3.1 million. The district will utilize $100,000 from the Capital Reserve, which results in $3 million bonded over 15 years. For aidable expenses, New York State Building Aid will reimburse 78.7 percent of the proposed CIP. After subtracting retiring debt and funds from the CR, along with NYS Building Aid, the net local share will be approximately $65,000/year. For example, this will result in a 0.28 percent increase, which is equivalent to $8.48 annually on a home assessed at $100,000 in the town.

The timetable if the proposed CIP is approved: Design and Construction Documents in the fall; approval by the NYSED in winter of 2021-22; bidding process in winter 2022; construction in spring-summer 2022.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, there will be the annual budget hearing in-person, at the high school library.

The residents will vote on the proposed CIP during the regular school budget vote on May 18.

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