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October 24, 2012

Schedule set for City of Tonawanda capital project

CITY OF TONAWANDA — Board members received yet another update on the capital project at Tuesday’s regular board meeting.

With the bulk of the project set to begin in the spring, contractors are finishing up work on the Mullen Elementary roof replacement and waiting for state code approval for the project, which is set to come in before Thanksgiving. 

“We have a day or two of corrections left on the roof, and that’s pretty much it,” Peter Buckley, of contractor Pike Co., said. “After that we will get the formal punch list.” 

At the board’s meeting Sep. 25, Buckley estimated the roof replacement would go $172,000 over budget, but said Tuesday that after going through the overages line by line, they have cut that figure down to $141,000. 

However, contractors still need to do work on improving the gym’s acoustics and may use paint to do so instead of more expensive sound-proofing materials. 

Buckley also presented the board with the final budgetary estimates and schedule for the main project — which came in about $129,000 over the original estimates of $11.9 million.

“Although it shows us about that figure, I think we are going to come substantially below that at bid time,” Buckley said. 

He estimated the project would come in at about 10 percent under the budgeted value after bids go out in January. 

“It’s a perfect time to bid and people are going to be hungry for work,” Buckley said.

The field and track are set to be complete in mid-August and the music wing, a more complicated structure, in September or October.

The board also held a public comment session with members of the Tonawanda City School District Civil Service Employees Independent Association, which is comprised of custodial employees, groundsmen, clerical workers, mechanics and engineers. The union filed a complaint in August, citing a lack of communication between the board and the association. 

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