CREATING SOME SHADE — Rick Kozak of the Gifford Construction company works on the roof of one of two canopies being built at Lee Town Park for benches that will be on concrete pads. This one is near the park’s southern boundary, while another is at the northern end. They are to be break areas near the park’s walking trails, said Lee Supervisor John Urtz. They were funded with help from donations by the Waterman family, involving the site at the southern end, and the Richie Evans family involving the northern-end site; Urtz said they will be dedicated in recognition of the families. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Lee Town Board approves park fencing, new air conditioning for troopers

Published Jul 12, 2018 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF LEE — Agreements for installation of about 2,000 feet of red cedar stack-rail fencing at the town park, and replacement of the air-conditioning system at a State Police station leased out by the town, were approved by the Town Board.

Among other items Tuesday night, the board decided to canvass a bid received for an outdoor lighting project at the town hall, and opted to seek more proposals for landscaping work planned along a town park walking trail and outside the town hall. In the discussions:

• For the cedar fencing, a bid of $54,100 by Mohawk Valley Materials Inc. of Marcy was approved.

It was the only bid for the work, which Town Supervisor John Urtz later said would involve replacing current fencing that has become worn at locations in the park.

The bid is in line with the town’s cost estimates, he told the board.

Mohawk Valley Materials previously has installed stone fence/wall sections in sites around the park, including three approvals of various stone sections by the town since 2015.

• Replacement of the air-conditioning system at the State Police station on Turin Road, in a building owned by the town, will be handled by Mondrick Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning Inc. of Rome for $5,354. The company submitted the lower of two quotes for the work.

The current system in the building, occupied by state troopers under a lease agreement, has experienced some breakdowns recently, Urtz explained.

• A $62,702 bid by the MEID construction company of Oneida for outdoor lighting at the town hall will be canvassed and reviewed further by the board. It may be addressed again at next month’s board meeting, said Urtz.

Urtz said after the meeting that he was surprised at the bid amount, the only one received by the town. He added he had anticipated that prices would be in the $35,000-$40,000 range.

The work involves removal of current lighting poles and installation of new ones around the circular driveway entrance area at the town hall, plus new electrical wiring and programmable controls.

Some of the existing lighting poles no longer work, said Urtz, observing that they have been at the town hall since the current location at 5808 Stokes-Lee Center Road was built in the early 1990s.

• Plans for landscaping work at the town park and town hall were tabled after the board addressed a proposal from the Olney’s Flowers business of Rome.

Some board members including councilmen Joseph Goetz and Karl Matt suggested that other proposals potentially could be considered.

Urtz asked Goetz to contact other contractors and get specifics for proposals that can be considered by the board at its meeting next month.

The work would involve planting of trees and flowers along a new walking trail in the town park’s northern section, plus some planting of new shrubbery and trimming of some existing plants outside the town hall. The proposal by the Olney’s business totaled about $8,053.