Construction surprises at Indian Lake school meeting

— Peter Clough, of the engineering firm Bernier, Carr and Associates, was on hand to update the Indian Lake Central School Board on the status of the construction project.

Clough pointed to the fact that the elevator portion of the project is now estimated to be complete by the week of Nov. 12. Lifts were expected to arrive on Monday, Aug. 27 and should all be up and operable by the middle of that week.

Clough went on to advise the board that the general contractor has subcontractors in place and that the tile portion of the project is well under way and once tile is in place, fixtures such as lights, toilets, basins, etc. can begin to be put in place. It is likely, however that the new toilets will not be installed in time for school, but there are some facilities available.

Surrounding the Stairway A portion of the project, this portion is being held up for additional bracing and for the abatement of additional areas of asbestos just discovered under the gymnasium, records room and a storage room next to this area as well as on a pipe in the area with asbestos that has fallen to the floor. Abatement can be accomplished since the asbestos is in a crawl space.

Upon hearing about these new discoveries, Board President Jon Voorhees voiced his dismay about how there could have been inspections throughout the past year and these discoveries are just coming to light. Voorhees requested that Clough have the general contractor get back to the Board on this issue.

Almost immediately, the attention turned to the cost impact of these “surprises.” Clough said he was expecting the final proposal for the additional asbestos abatement by the end of the week.

Clough also told the Board that a $15,000 contingency surrounding the preparation of the space for the elevator was now not going to be needed. He also reviewed the financial update with the Board, which reflected a significant amount remaining in contingency.

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