SARDINIA – After more than a year of going back-and-forth over the issue, bids were released in October by the Sardinia Town Board for two segments of repair to the Community Center on Savage Road. One set of the bids were for Part A, or replacement of an old boiler in the building. The other, referred to as Part B, is for the first round of exterior improvements.
Boiler replacement bids ranged from a low of just under $39,000 to a high of $72,900. Paul Chatfield of Chatfield Engineers, architects of the improvements, explained why the lowest bidder, Vio Plumbing and Mechanical of Eden, would not be his choice. Although their bid was attractive, Chatfield said the company did not provide qualifications in their bid, and several attempts to contact them for further information were not answered.
“They only gave us one reference to check,” Chatfield told board members. “And that concerns us.”
He said a lack of previous projects and very little municipal experience put that company out of the running as far as he is concerned. He recommends the town go with the second highest bidder, MLP Plumbing and Mechanical of Cheektowaga.
“They bid $44,000 and provided a full packet of information,” Chatfield said. “We talked to them, they are very willing to do the job and a reference check showed their are qualified and responsible.”
When Chatfield explained he had already gone through Town Attorney Joel Kurtzhalts to approve a resolution to hire MLP, board members agreed and the resolution passed. It is hoped the company can get the boiler work done soon, although there are other boilers in the building that also provide heat.
As far as exterior improvements, bids ranged from $215,576 to $489,900, with the low bidder being Highland Masonry Restoration of West Seneca.
“We feel their bid is a true representation of the pricing,” Chatfield said. “They came highly recommended by owners, references and other architects.”
He explained there would be a long lead time on the windows required for the rear of the building, so repairs probably won’t begin until spring. A resolution to award the bid to Highland Masonry Restoration also passed.
Chatfield also presented information that evening regarding upgrades and changes to the pool house at Veteran’s Park on Genesee Road. The building has several mechanical issues that need to be addressed, and it needs upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Supervisor Beverly Gambino said she made a personal visit to the pool house with Building Supervisor Al Hansen.
“There is rusted plumbing and the drain pipe is all kinds of material hob-knobbed together,” Gambino said. “They also asked for the showers to be moved outside.”
She said to become ADA compliant, changes need to be made to the sidewalks, entryways, bathrooms and fences. Money has been received through the Community Block Development Grants, which requires the town to first spend the cash, and then provide paperwork to be reimbursed.
“This is nothing we have to vote on tonight, though,” said Councilman Cheryl Earl, who recommended that board members read over a proposition offered by Chatfield Engineers to head that project and “take some time to absorb it.”
Councilman Doug Morrell said he’d like to know how much the entire project would cost, over and above the $50,000 CDBG money. Chatfield said he would provide that information and the issue was tabled.
In other news:
– Councilman Morrell thanked Disaster Coordinator Jerry Whittington and the firemen volunteers for their work getting the house signs up. Whittington said there are only a few left, mostly ones that had to be reprinted due to errors.
– Councilman Len Hochadel thanked Erie County for doing repairs on Savage Road. “I’m going to let [Legislator] John Mills know.”
– Coucilman Earl asked when the gym floor would be refinished and striped. Gambino said they would begin the job Nov. 29, and the gym must be left to dry until mid-December.
– Board members discussed contracting with a different firm for fire and emergency dispatching. They currently deal with Springville Control, but are unhappy with consistently rising prices. No decisions were made.