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UPSD Continues to Set Aside Funds for Eventual Turf Replacement
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2022-06-29

            Upper Perkiomen School Board continued to set aside money for the eventual replacement of its athletic turf fields at the high school during its final meeting of the 2021-22 school year. Earlier this month, the members approved an action item granting Business Administrator Dan Direso authority to transfer a portion of the district's fund balance to the capital reserve account for that purpose.

            The amount of the transfer will be dictated by signage rental fees and any remaining surplus in the athletic budget, according to Direso. He said a motion with the total will likely be considered by the board in August or September.

            Approximately $740,000 in the capital reserve account has been allocated for the project, according to the business administrator. He said Wednesday that the timeline to replace the fields is undetermined.

            "The turf fields are in pretty great condition considering they are just about at the end of what their life should be," Member Melanie Cunningham, who chairs both the district's Facilities and Finance committee, wrote in an email received Wednesday morning.

            In November of 2009, the school board voted to approve the installation of the fields at a cost of more than $1.6 million. Members, at that time, Margie Gelhaus and Mary Young cast the lone votes in opposition to the action item. Administrators estimated the eventual cost of replacing the fields – predicted to be the end of the next decade, which occurred in 2020 – at approximately $700,000.

            Two weeks ago, the members also voted to approve six expenditures for the 2022-23 school year. They included action items covering school landscaping, elevator maintenance, security, generator maintenance, boiler maintenance and the installation of a welding exhaust system at the high school.

            During a June 16 regular meeting, the board approved a motion renewing its mowing and grounds maintenance services with Tidy Up Landscaping, LLC for a cost of $4,336.50 per cut. The district reserves the option to renew the contract with the Barto business for one additional one-year term with a two percent price increase, according to the meeting agenda language.

            They voted to renew the district's elevator maintenance services from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 to Kencor, LLC, based locally in West Chester, at a cost of $860 per quarter.
The board also approved an action item renewing its agreement with Standing Stone Consulting Inc. at an approximate cost of $180,000. The district reserves the option to renew the contract with the Huntingdon firm for one additional one-year term, according to the language of the agenda.

            The members ratified a proposal awarding the district's generator maintenance to Modern Group Ltd. for a cost of $3,190 per year. The district reserves the option to renew the agreement for two additional one year periods by written agreement of both parties, according to the text of the action item.

            The district's boiler maintenance contract went to Metz, Inc. for an annual cost of $2,752 per year. The district reserves the option to renew for two additional one year periods by written agreement of both parties.

            The board agreed to approve a contract with Burkhardt Mechanical, worth $53,196, to install the XLAB Welding Exhaust System. According to the action item, the fee covers all engineering and permits, equipment and supplies, mechanical and electrical labor, startup and balancing.


 

 

 

 

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