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Village board approves revised scope, extra costs to new village hall renovation project

— The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees has unanimously passed five amendments to the ongoing project to renovate the old Fennell Street fire station in order to create the new village hall. The amendments not only expand and revise the scope of the project but also approve the expenditure of nearly $70,000 in additional compensation and costs for the design work completed to date.

The amendments were agreed to, written by and submitted to the village board by the members of the New Village Hall Steering Committee.

“The committee believes that the village has a responsibility to ‘set the example’ for stewardship of our property,” village mayor and steering committee member Marty Hubbard read from a prepared statement at the Sept. 27 village board meeting. “Significant additional time, above and beyond the original scope of the work, has been spent working on best re-use of space and the combined interests of the office staff and the police department have been taken into consideration.”

The amendments are:

—$7,600 in additional compensation for the extra 10 meetings attended by the steering committee, assistance with hazardous material planning and professional consultant selection, and development of a schematic design over an additional 10 weeks.

—$39,600 relative to the revised scope of the schematic design to complete additional architectural and structural engineering for an entrance addition and additional exterior design work, as well as mechanical and electrical engineering services beyond schematic design.

—$14,700 in additional architectural and engineering services to design as energy efficient a building as possible. This encompasses assistance with federal Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certification documentation to be prepared by the village’s hired architect and structural engineer.

—$7,459.33 in additional compensation for the assistance the steering committee received in preparing a state energy savings grant application, which is currently being considered in Albany.

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