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Facility may not be ready for school year

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

While plans are underway for renovating the new Clay Community Schools (CCS) transportation facility, they may not be ready for the beginning of the upcoming school year.

At the June CCS school board meeting, the board voted in favor to recommend some requested renovations by a 6-0-1 vote. Board member Forrest Buell abstained from voting.

Prior to the meeting, the board conducted an onsite work session at the facility, located at 410 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Several recommendations were given during the work session.

However, during the board's June meeting, it only OK'd a handful.

During the meeting, the board was given estimated costs for three-phase power ($23,255), electrical panel replacement ($2,114), equipment for electrical services ($15,855) and indoor light fixture replacement ($7,401) -- all from Sycamore Engineering -- for a total of $48,625.

As well, the board received a quote from Mershon and Knust for a concrete slab/wash area basin, estimated at $5,200.

The board also received a quote for above ground fuel tanks from WW Barnhart, Paris, Ill., estimated at close to $125,000.

After lengthy discussion, board member Ron Scherb stated he just didn't like the total expenditures.

"I can't spend that much," Scherb said. "If we need to take time and do it piece by piece ... I will not approve that kind of bid."

Scherb said there was "no reason to get in a hurry to do this," and immediately made a motion to withdraw approval to install floor drains, a motion the board passed during its May meeting.

Buell provided the second.

However, it was determined Scherb could not make a motion to withdraw approval for the May motion because he did not make the original motion.

During the May meeting, board member Tammy Beasley made the motion for the floor drains.

At the June meeting, she initially intended to withdraw the motion, but rescinded.

Scherb then motioned to accept the bids from Sycamore Engineering and Mershon and Knust, which passed.

The board then requested more bids for above ground tanks.

Tucker also provided an update regarding the renovations for the corporation's new Central Office, located in the old American Legion Post No. 2 building.

Tucker said the renovations are moving along, so much so, that she believed the board could meet in the building for its August meeting.

Meanwhile, the board, through a 7-0 vote, approved a resolution provided by CCS Business Manager Tim Gorman in reference to a proposed loan from the state General Fund.

According to Tucker, when the board approved its 2012 budget earlier this year, it received information from the Department of Local Government and Finance (DLGF) that due to its calculations, there was a discrepancy in numbers.

However, Tucker said due to state law, DLGF cannot use negative numbers in calculations.

Because of this, the corporation was to receive approximately $291,188 from the state General Fund, in form of an interest-free loan.

In other news, the board:

* Voted 7-0 to allow members of the Northview High School choir to attend a workshop and performance event at Walt Disney World, March 23-28, 2013,

* Unanimously accepted a bid from Aunt Millie's Bakery for bread and bun products and Prairie Farms for milk and dairy products for the upcoming school year,

* Approved via 7-0 vote to transfer funds from the Rainy Day Fund to the Transportation Operating Fund to help defray preschool transportation costs, and

* Unanimously accepted a request to allow central office to operate on a 40-hour, four-day work week from June 4-July 20. The offices will be open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and closed Friday.

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