Hammondsport proposes $7.7M project
HAMMONDSPORT—The Hammondsport Central School District is proposing a $7,745,148 capital building improvement project.
District residents will vote on the renovations Tuesday, June 7, from noon to 8 p.m. The project also includes taking $1 million from the existing building capital reserve fund. Superintendent Kyle Bower said state aid will cover 57 percent of the project and the remaining funds will come from raising the tax levy over 16 years. He explained the annual tax levy increase would average 12 cents per thousand.
Bower explained if voters and the state education department approve the project, work would start in the summer of 2012. He said the public already voted to create the capital reserve fund in preparation for the project. Bower added the district is pursuing this project now because next year the state building aid may be zero percent.
The renovations fall under four categories: Americans with disabilities, obsolescence, fire/life safety and energy conservation. Work includes accessibility modifications, like exterior door replacements and upgrades, reconstruct exterior ramp and stair, rework opening protectives and corridor wall in cafeteria, redesign bus loop and replace paving, replace doors and hardware and refinish and repair frames.
Exterior work will include modifications to playground, foundation and masonry repair at loading dock, replace non-thermally broken windows and sun shades, new caps on existing chimneys, and replace all roofs except Library wing. Interior work includes upgrading electrical distribution, replace PA system, replace galvanized cold water distribution piping, upgrade HVAC control system software and graphics, install a fully addressable fire alarm system, abatement of vinyl asbestos tile, and energy recovery system for gymnasium/locker rooms. The project will also cover cleaning and recaulking slate cladding, and create new stair tower.
Hammondsport school served as the lead agency in charge of the State Environmental Quality Review. On March 16, the district found there would be no significant environmental impact from the project.