Dome demolition, funding debated
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
Feb 27, 2014 | 766 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Cleveland Board of Education site committee met Wednesday morning to discuss the Raider Dome and upcoming summer projects.

Board members discussed the recent presentation at the City Council’s meeting Monday afternoon.

Director of City Schools Dr. Martin Ringstaff said school officials updated Council members on the state of the arena.

“There are four new cracks after the last snowstorm, and major movement on the bricks,” Ringstaff said. “... It’s a matter of just knowing it is in bad shape.”

City Council members agreed with the prognosis. The Council voted to approve the sale the Webb building to pay architecture fees to the Upland Design Group. Additional funding for the gym has been discussed, but no decision has been made.

Ringstaff said the building needs to sell for no less than $33,000 to cover the fees associated with the gym. He reminded committee and board members there is still a $38,000 bill attached to the new elementary school project. The money owed to Upland Design for the architect.

“At some point we will have to pay that bill, and I don’t know if we will get help from the city,” Ringstaff said. “That is something we will have to discuss, if the building does not cover $71,000, which is the total we owe [UDG architect Brian Templeton] right now.”

Site committee chair Dr. Murl Dirksen pointed out there is only a small window of opportunity to raze the gym this summer.

According to Ringstaff, demolition cannot begin on the gym until the school’s water source is removed from the basement. He said the water source cannot be removed until the plans are completed on the building.

Department of Maintenance and Transportation director Hal Taylor presented the 2014 summer projects to the site committee, following the Raider Dome discussion.

Taylor listed 12 items under maintenance and three under transportation.

A majority of the projects will be paid out of the department of maintenance and transportation’s budget. An additional two projects, the replacement of the Stuart Elementary gymnasium roof and painting of interior walls at E.L. Ross Elementary, will be covered by the half-cent sales tax.

Additional projects include:

n Yates Elementary: replacement of the main boiler with two small boilers;

n Arnold Elementary: replacement of a gate valve in the HVAC water loop;

n E.L. Ross Elementary: repave and repair the front sidewalk;

n Cleveland High School: removal and repair of the pump motor and valve on HVAC water loops; and replacement of the roof on the stadium press box; and

n Systemwide: preventative maintenance on HVAC and refrigeration units; draining and cleaning of boilers; and cleaning and preventative maintenance of the cooling towers, water loop pumps and heat exchangers.

Taylor said the advanced systems used by the school system must be regulated on an annual basis. He also said money would be saved through good, preventative maintenance.

Several of the projects, like painting the elementary school, will be outsourced. However, Taylor assured the committee a majority of the projects will be completed in-house.

Transportation changes include: repairing the air-conditioning systems on 12 buses; and normal preventative maintenance, regular service and major repairs.

According to Taylor, a majority of the transportation projects will be completed by maintenance staff.

He reported all 35 of the buses have been inspected and certified. Five of the buses will be used as spares. The additional buses allow proper maintenance and repairs to be completed throughout the week.

“This is the first time I think we’ve heard that all of our buses are in good shape,” said board member Peggy Pesterfield.

Added Cloud, “It has always been, ‘We need two buses.’”

Committee and board members thanked Taylor and his staff for their work.