School board approves generator, bus, and repair to window lintels

Expenses totaling over $390,000 for a back-up power generator at Bellamy Elementary School, a used school bus, and additional facade work at Gansevoort Elementary School were approved Monday night by the Board of Education.

¿ A $289,000 contract for the generator was awarded to Oneida Electrical Contractors of Utica. It may be installed this summer, pending schedule details, said school district Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Paul Rabbia. The diesel generator, to be located outside, would be able to power the entire building. It also would enable the site to be an emergency community shelter if needed, such as in evacuation situations, Superintendent Jeffrey P. Simons has said.

The equipment is funded through a state aid category that was applied toward a major Bellamy renovation in 2010 but was not fully used.

¿ A $80,965 contract for a 2011 school bus with 12,744 miles was awarded to Leonard Bus Sales, Inc. of Deposit. The district previously had leased the bus, said board President Patricia Riedel. Funding is included in the district budget, she added.

The bus, which replaced another vehicle, is used for special education students as well as for transportation of sports teams and field trips when possible, said Riedel. The district maintains a small bus fleet, and contracts with the Birnie Bus company for its general busing routes.

¿ A $22,600 change-order for additional work at the Gansevoort renovation was awarded to Putrelo Building Enterprises of New Hartford. It involves a 1914 facade area at the school, which is nearing completion on a building-wide $6.5 million renovation.

Some window lintel framing was found to be more deteriorated than expected, prompting further work to shore up the structural system, explained Rabbia. The expense is within construction allowances remaining for the project, said Chris Crolius, a partner in March Associates of Utica, the district’s architect. Funding is through a public bonding referendum approved in 2010.