Money for pipe repairs at old Clough school flows after education board approval

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Emergency pipeline repairs in the old Clough School building which includes the Rome School District Pre-K program and district central offices can hopefully be completed by the end of October, said District Superintendent Peter C. Blake.

Blake discussed the work at the Board of Education meeting last week, which included board approval of the emergency project at the 409 Bell Road building. The council resolution cites a maximum estimated cost of approximately $ 100,000.

The project involves the removal, remediation and replacement of approximately 50 linear feet of a collapsed water main that supplied the boilers serving the Clough Building, and there are asbestos removal services associated with the removal. The council also approved a resolution stating that the project does not exceed thresholds established under the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

The boilers were shut down in conjunction with the project, affecting heating, the board was told at its September 24 meeting. Pre-K staff members are now working remotely rather than on-site, Blake said today; Most of the district staff across the board worked in school buildings for distance education for students amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The failed pipeline is near the main entrance to the district’s early childhood / pre-K program.

Meanwhile, staff from the district central office in a separate part of the 409 Bell Road facility are working on site without heat and will stay, Blake added today.

He previously said central office staff should be fine until a major cold spell develops.

The project is eligible for state financial assistance and would be reimbursed at 97.9% of the costs associated with the work, Blake told the board of directors last week.


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