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Committee, district agree on bus garage

If the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education accepts the district's recommendations, a new transportation center will be built on Franklin Street in Fayetteville, where it currently exists.

The Facilities Committee met Jan. 6 to further discuss one of several items in a $10.5 million referendum that residents may vote on in March.

Members focused on results of a traffic study presented Jan. 2 at a special meeting that attracted about 150 residents whose primary concern was building a new transportation center on rural Broadfield Road in the town of Pompey.

Committee members emphasized the district-owned site was considered for various reasons, including expansive acreage and alleviating village traffic jams, but it was not their first choice. The traffic study, conducted by Clough Harbour, convinced members the cons outweighed the pros. Problems included heavy traffic, inadequate site distances and narrow roads.

As a result, the facilities committee is now in sync with the district administration's recommendation to tear down the existing 60-year-old garage to build a new $3 million transportation center at its current site near Wellwood Middle School. Multiple reasons factor into the demolition, including numerous structural deficiencies and safety concerns.

The large-scale transportation project is one of several improvements the district is proposing for the referendum in March, and it's less than one-third of the total cost. Other capital improvements to consider include locker and elevator replacement at Eagle Hill Middle School; a full fire alarm system replacement at Wellwood Middle School; an HVAC replacement, casework and flooring replacement at Fayetteville Elementary School; and interior door and frame replacements at the high school, as well as field drainage, irrigation and sod replacement.

The committee is scheduled to make its recommendation to the board of education at its next meeting on Monday Jan. 10 at Eagle Hill Middle School. The board is then expected to vote whether the project will go to referendum.

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