The Blanco ISD board of trustees convened a special meeting on Monday evening, September 26, to address two items pertaining to the elementary school renovation project.
Board president Matt Herden was joined by trustees Darrel Wagner, Kirk Felps, Troy Immel, and Tim Nance. Superintendent Dr. Buck Ford was also present.
The board considered approving bids for the partial interior demolition and hauling of debris, with an added option of salvaging 3,000 square feet of long leaf pine flooring, from the old school building.
Tom Rehak from Vanguard Contractors was asked to give a report. Four bids were received for the interior demolition project, Rehak said, and Hansco was selected with a bid for $19,545. Rehak plans to work with a local electrician and plumber for disconnecting utilities, which will hopefully save money. The bid does not include hauling.
Vanguard has presented a partial guaranteed maximum price of $36,326, with an additive alternate of $5,120 in the event the district chooses to salvage the long leaf pine flooring.
“We’re not sure that’s fully possible yet,” Rehak said. “It depends on how it comes up when we go to remove it.” Some of the wood flooring is covered with an overlay.
“If it’s worth salvaging, we’ll certainly entertain that.”
Rehak said, in the past, it was very difficult to salvage the tongue-and-groove flooring. Trustee Immel asked if it was possible to sell the salvaged flooring.
“If you find someone who wants to buy it, you can sell it,” Rehak reported.
Rehak replied that it was a risky investment when asked if the district could make the $5,120 back by selling it.
Trustee Wagner and Rehak discussed the condition of the flooring–some areas are painted, or under carpet or linoleum, and there are holes.
Nance asked if it was possible to save some of the flooring, perhaps to make picture frames. Rehak replied that that would be easy.
“We could put a picture of the new school inside a frame made out of the old school,” Immel said.
Dr. Ford noted that the limited demolition saves the district money in the long run as it allows the architects and contractors to get a look at the building during the planning phase. The demolition will have to happen, either now or in December. Rehak agreed, adding that it should avoid confusion in the details and change orders.
President Herden asked for a motion to approve the bid with the alternative for salvaging the wood floor. Wagner said the bid shouldn’t be included and made a motion to approve only the bid. Immel seconded and the board approved the motion.
Prevailing Wage Rates
Dr. Ford presented the prevailing wage rates based on data collected in a survey. The rates were adopted by the Blanco County Commissioners on April 13, 2010, for the courthouse annex project. The district recommended that the trustees adopt the same rates. The rates are lower than the federal wage rates.
Felps made the motion to adopt the rates with Nance seconding. The motion passed and the board then adjourned.