HAMPSTEAD – The School Board authorized Assistant Superintendent Roxanne Wilson to move forward with developing warrant articles for a proposed emergency access road for the middle school and for a construction and renovation project for Central School. Both proposals show bottom line cost increases from warrant articles that failed last year.
School District Facilities Director Michael Hall told the board at its Tuesday, Nov. 10 meeting that he and Tobin Farwell of Farwell Engineering, who is handling the emergency access road construction process, had met with the Planning Board on Nov. 2, as previously reported by the Tri-Town Times.
He said he told that board the plan being presented was unchanged from the one the board had previously approved, but that approval had lapsed after the voters rejected the plan.
Hall said the 90-day approval given by the Planning Board this month wouldn’t be sufficient and the District will have to apply for an extension in January. He said the Planning Board indicated the extension would be granted.
Wilson told the board the cost of the project has increased about 20 percent in the areas of labor and materials.
Voters last year were asked to approve a request to raise and appropriate $170,000 for the one lane, gravel and gated emergency access road. Wilson said the increases in construction-related costs are about $26,682.
The board said the overall cost this year would need to be $185,000 to cover construction costs and the easement payment and associated legal costs with the New Hampshire Catholic Diocese for crossing St. Anne’s Catholic Church property.
Board member Wayne Dinsmore noted the easement fee is a one-time-only cost.
Hall and Wilson both said communication with St. Anne’s and the Catholic Diocese has been ongoing and they are amenable to the plans.
On a motion by chairman Jason Cipriano, the board approved directing Wilson to move ahead with developing the emergency access road warrant article.
The board had discussed the BreadLoaf construction and renovation proposal at a previous meeting. BreadLoaf updated the figures for the project and compared to last year’s amount, this year shows an increase of $376,426. The increase is driven by market force cost increases for labor and materials ($370,864) and an increase in construction administrative services ($5,562). There is also an increase in the “other-owner” costs, which rose from $345,332 to $369,975 – an increase of $24,643 – in the owner contingency line and the blasting and rock removal for water and sewer utilities line.
The 2015 bond article for construction that failed had asked taxpayers to raise and appropriate $4,189,717 for the project along with an additional $84,725.39 for the first year’s interest. The total project amount for this year’s article will be $4,590,786 plus the first year’s interest, a sum that is not available at this time.
After a brief discussion the board directed Wilson to move forward with developing the construction warrant article.