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

— —The administration of five public bidding contracts for the project: general construction, electrical, heating and ventilation, plumbing and geothermal. Since the total project is estimated to cost more than $500,000, the village must advertise for contracts under the mandates of the New York state Wick’s Law.

The additional design work and accompanying extra costs are the natural result of a generally-outlined project becoming more detailed as work has progressed, stated steering committee members Hubbard, Trustee Jim Lanning, former Trustee John Cromp and the village’s Director of Municipal Operations Bob Lotkowicz.

The steering committee, along with architect Connie Brace of QPK Architects, began the design and planning work for the Fennell Street building renovations in late spring and met weekly during the entire summer. Their design plans included numerous energy-efficient – or green energy – considerations for which multiple grants were applied for to offset costs.

The total bill for phase one of the renovation project – interior renovations – was estimated at the start, and by a different architectural company than the one now on the project, at about $350,000 with phase two being about the same price. The cost is not supposed to exceed the $830,000 sale price of the current village hall building on Genesee Street, the village board announced when the project was first approved.

All four committee members told the Skaneateles Press that they do not expect the total cost to exceed the $800,000 profit from the Genesee Street building sale, and if higher costs are discovered the project will be amended to keep the price tag in line.

Committee members also agreed that final, more definitive costs will not be known until a project budget is established in October and the results of the five contract bids are known in mid-November.

Trustee Mary Sennett, during board discussion on the proposed amendments, said the reason the board created the new village hall steering committee was for its members to create and consider the best way to get the project done. “If they feel these are the right things to do, then I say we trust their judgment,” she said.

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