Fairfield school roof repair project hits another snag
A vote on a $901,000 proposal for roof repairs and warranties at five Fairfield schools was postponed once again by the Representative Town Meeting on Monday night, but this time the delay was sought by the school superintendent and the Town Facilities Commission.
The funding request, which would cover roof repairs at five elementary schools and extend the warranties, has been on the legislative body's agenda for months.
Superintendent of Schools David Title and TFC Chairman Al Kelly said a significant difference between cost estimates received prompted the request for yet another delay.
The school board's consultant formulated the $901,000 cost estimate, while an architect retained by the TFC delivered an estimate of about $450,000 to that committee the day of the RTM's session. Kelly said officials want to get both consultants in the same room and work out a figure that both the school board and the TFC can agree on.
Kathryn Braun, R-8, questioned what had caused the wide gap between the two figures.
"The difference is two people doing the estimating," Kelly said, "and that's what we're going to iron out in the next 12 days."
Kelly and Title said the scope of the roof projects used for both cost estimates appears essentially the same. The work would be done on the roofs at Holland Hill, Osborn Hill, Riverfield, North Stratfield and Sherman.
Minority Leader Hal Schwartz, D-7, asked if changing the requested amount would require a new bonding resolution and mean that the request would have to go back through the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance.
Assistant Town Attorney Eileen Kennelly said if the requested funding simply is lower, the resolution would not need to be sent back to other town bodies for approval.