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Mt. Pleasant Highway Garage Roof Replacement $800G Over Projection

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The roof replacement project for the Mount Pleasant Highway Department garage is expected to cost about $800,000 more than originally estimated because of structural deficiencies that have been discovered in the building.

Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi said the anticipated cost for the work on the Columbus Avenue facility has risen to $2.1 million after it was found that footings and columns need to be installed to provide additional support for the structure and new roof.

Fulgenzi said a new roof has been needed for several years. It will be a pitched roof, which was preferred by town officials to match what was previously placed on the rear garage building. Along with a better appearance, it will have a longer lifespan, Fulgenzi said.

“We are looking forward to starting the work as soon as the materials are delivered and interior footings and columns are completed,” he said.

The current flat roof “has been a constant headache over the years” and can no longer be patched, he said.

“The roof is really super bad,” Councilman Thomas Sialiano said.

The Town Board voted unanimously last week to accept the bid from Millwood-based Abbott & Price for $2.1 million. The board also agreed to increase the bond for the project from $1.5 million to up to $2.5 million as a result of the new estimate.
Fulgenzi said the board has been working on the estimate for more than a year, trying to find the best materials, design and procedures to accomplish the required work most efficiently.

The project is not expected to cause a major inconvenience to the Highway Department. Certain bays will be required to be vacated during construction but the majority of the work will be completed without disruptions, Fulgenzi said.

Also included in the project will be new and more efficient garage heaters. Additionally, single-pane windows will be replaced with more energy-efficient windows and there will be upgrades to the building’s offices.
“The work on this building as with all the other work we are doing in town and on our buildings has been put off for many years due to economic reasons,” Fulgenzi said. “The improvements in the economy along with the positive development we have seen over the past few years enables us to make these improvements while maintaining and working within the tax cap and a tight rein on the budget.”


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