PIQUA — Due to insufficient parking space at Springcreek Primary, the Piqua City Schools Board of Education met Thursday to approve 36 additional parking spaces at the school, at a price of $106,000.
Because the parking by the bus loading area is closed off during the school day for students’ safety at recess, the parking lot by the main entrance of Springcreek does not provide enough space for staff and visitors that come during that time, often leaving some individuals parking illegally in the fire lanes or handicapped spaces.
After school, the gate by the bus loading area is unlocked and allows accessibility to parking near there, but poses as a problem when the gate is locked during school hours.
“We are trying to do our best to work out there safely,” Superintendent Rick Hanes said at the meeting.
Adding the lots required a change order to the contract with Peterson Construction Company, the contract that was made as part of the school construction project.
The Ohio School Facilities Commission will not co-fund the additional parking spaces that are needed at the school, and as a result, the project will be funded by the Permanent Improvement Dollars levy. Funds from the levy are only used on equipment or facilitations that last more than five years.
The project would need to take place immediately before the cold hits to allow pouring of concrete without any complications, in which competitive bidding will be waived as allowed by the Ohio Revised Code section 3313.46 during an urgent situation.
“Having Gilbane/Peterson (Construction Company) on site, we still have the capability to do this,” Hanes said.
The Peterson Construction Company, the general contractor for Springcreek, will be able to begin the project immediately and has provided the pricing of $93,971 for concrete paving, and $12,500 if cold weather protection is required for the work. Business coordinator Curt South said between 20-32 degrees Fahrenheit, concrete cannot pour without heating.
It was decided to use concrete in place of asphalt from the board meeting on Oct. 28 due to the fact that it lasts longer.
With weather permitting, installation of the new lots can take a couple of weeks to complete.
“We have to strip the top soil, bring in gravel, and form shape of the lot,” South said. “As weather permits, (the lot) would be ready a week later.”
The next regular board meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Piqua Junior High School.
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