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$1.16M in State Funds Aids Two New Milford School Projects

The New Jersey Department of Education will contribute 40 percent of the costs for projects at Berkley and David E. Owens.

The New Milford Board of Education approved a resolution Monday evening to address a boiler replacement project at Berkley Street School and a roof replacement project at David E. Owens Middle School.

The New Milford School District sought review of the projects by the New Jersey Department of Education in an effort to receive state funding.

The NJ Department of Education calculated the preliminary eligible costs cost of the Berkley boiler replacement project to be $1,118,710 and the cost of the David E. Owens roof replacement to be $1,796,875 based upon their architect’s cost estimates, which were accepted by the New Milford Board of Education.

The state will contribute a share of 40 percent of the costs for both projects.

For the Berkley project the state share will be $447,484, which leaves a local share of $671,226 remaining.

For the Davide E. Owens project, the state share will be $718,750, which leaves a local share of $1,078,125 remaining.

The Board of Education elected to have their plans reviewed for code compliance through municipal code enforcement review.

A total of $1,749,351 for the two projects will be paid out of capital reserves. 

Cranky Fake January 09, 2014 at 08:22 AM
With any luck Boswell is not involved
Bill January 09, 2014 at 10:13 AM
sounds like a heck of a lot of money for a boiler and a roof
Darlene January 09, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Kudos for seeking funding, but on what planet does a boiler replacement cost $1,118,710 and a roof replacement cost $1,796,875? Will they seek bids on these jobs?
asskickinglass January 09, 2014 at 11:19 AM
How many times is the middle school roof going to be replaced in my lifetime? It has already been done twice with many repairs. When it wasn't done correctly, we the residents had to pay to have it redone just a few years later. When are we going to hold the contractors responsible for the job and all repairs from it not being done properly?
Cranky Fake January 09, 2014 at 12:07 PM
@ass, No question it needs to be done, go in on a rainy day and it looks like a bucket farm Flat roofs do need to be replaced more often and having to award work to the lowest bidder never helps. Last I heard they were going to frame the roof so it had slope to it, not sure if that is included in the costs. Industrial steam boilers are between $500,000-$700,000, so the rest is the labor to remove and to install, cost sounds about right.
asskickinglass January 09, 2014 at 12:20 PM
I agree it needs to be done, but putting a new roof on without changing the problem is redundant. We have done it too many times and are paying the price repeatedly. If it is done correctly, it will last MUCH longer.
Cranky Fake January 09, 2014 at 12:54 PM
That is why they wanted to frame it, have a sloped roof and use shingles vs. rolls of rubber. There are a number of new systems out there that cost a lot more initially, but last longer. GE has a spray on system.
MT January 09, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Congratutaltions to all involved in securing State funds for these projects. It does reduce the tax burden on NM residents. Don't know anything about the costs related to the projects and as such, won't comment on it. All I can say take your time and get it Right.
Donna Tomasini January 09, 2014 at 03:02 PM
River Rd. is closed at the intersection of Madison Ave in front of the bank. There is some type of water problem. United Water and company have been there since this morning. I know I am off subject here but I tried to post in the boards section but somehow it went well I don't know where. lol. Just thought I would post so anyone who choses that route can plan accordingly.

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