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March 12, 2014

Appropriation approved for Eagle boiler

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On Monday, the board approved awarding the masonry bid to the second-lowest bidder. That bid is $15,000 more than the lowest bid, but the board’s attorney reviewed the matter and is comfortable with the recommendation.

Skillman received a total 105 bids in 19 categories for the project, with an average of five bids per category. Generally, Landfair said, they like to see a minimum of three bids per category.

“This is far more than we’ve seen on average,” he told the board last month.

In other good news, the estimated $9 million project — which includes all fixed equipment such as bleachers and scoreboards — came in at $7 million.

“The project came in significantly under budget,” Landfair said.

He said a lot of people are looking for work, this time of year is slow in the construction industry, and there was an unanticipated drop in material prices.

Board member Bill Stanczykiewicz asked Shafer at the February meeting what that lower cost means to the corporation financially.

“It gives us an opportunity to look at other needs,” Shafer said, explaining they could now look at doing projects that had been deferred for lack of funds.

There’s a deadline by which the money must be used, and it cannot be used for General Fund items, according to Shafer. Robison said there’s work to be done at Pleasant View Elementary that is a priority and will be identified.

In other new business

• Boone Meadow Principal Kris Cavolick explained the student handbook revision process and pointed out specific changes. No action was taken.

• The board authorized Shafer to advertise for request for proposals for bond underwriting and financial services. Shafer said it’s good business practice to reevaluate business relationships periodically, and this area had been not done since 2001. He said it will help ensure maximization of potential savings when the 2005 bonds are refinanced. However, evaluation criteria includes more than just the fee; experience, creativity and other criteria will be considered by an ad hoc committee that will look at responses.

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