Jersey Shore school construction discussed

JERSEY SHORE – As work progresses on the site of the Jersey Shore Elementary School construction project, the school board approved a roof inspector to monitor work on the structure during the project.

“They are keeping tabs specifically on the roof construction,” said Brian Haines, of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, at the Monday meeting.

The cost of the part-time service of Mark J. Sobeck Roof Consulting Inc. is to not exceed $25,000.

Board member Harry Brungard questioned the move as he said the service is what the district is paying Fidevia, project manager, for. Dan Cicala, of Fidevia, explained that while his company oversees the entire project, it is not a roof inspector and the consulting firm would be able to keep a better eye on the installation of the new roof.

A representative from the company would be on site three days a week. Haines explained that the days would vary so contractors would not know when the inspector would be there.

Brungard also asked if the district would need to hire several consultants for other work, such as plumbing and electrical, to ensure it is done properly.

“This is just a level of assurance that the administration asked us to look into,” Haines explained.

The board ultimately approved the service 5-2. Brungard and Robert Pryor were the two votes against the item. Voting in favor were board members Shelley Helm, Craig Allen, Karen Stover, Denise Smith and Loren Koch. Board members Harry Miller and Heather Williamson were absent from the meeting.

While presenting on the progress of the construction project, Cicala also addressed the concern over the removal of the asbestos at the school.

Adrianne Stahl, of Limestone Township, raised concern that asbestos would be removed during the school year. While previously on the schedule to be done during the school year, it since has been changed, Cicala said.

“There should be no asbestos abatement when faculty and students are in the building,” he said.

The last day that such material will be removed from the building is Aug. 16. Any further asbestos that needs to be removed will be done the following summer, Cicala said, “no ands, if or buts.”

Haines also reported that while trying to remove tile and glue that both contained asbestos, the floor was altered in a way that will require the contractor to level it. The glue could not be removed with traditional chemical stripper, but needed to be shot-blasted, he said.

Although the company that provided the shot blasting will pick up some of the cost to correct the floor, a change order to pay for the rest of the leveling will be filed, Haines said.