By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
To plumb or to build — that was a decision facing the Whitley County Board of Education during its regular meeting Thursday.
The problem? Superintendent Scott Paul explained that the new Pleasant View Elementary School needed a way to handle the school’s need for water.
“We either have to build a pump station for the sprinkler system, or tap into a county water line,” Paul said.
He further explained that the cost of constructing a pump station would be approximately $150,000.
The cost to tap into a county line is $106,320 — about $45,000 less than the pump station.
With the tap, the Whitley County Water Department would provide a six-inch water main connection, pipe encasement, pavement repair, one new fire hydrant, one fire vault to include a domestic water meter, engineering fees for the WCWD, permits and fees, and construction observation.
“We’ve got to have it,” said board vice-chair J.E. Jones, who motioned for the new school to tap into county water lines.
Board member Malorie Cooper seconded the motioned. A roll-call vote showed the board unanimous in this decision.
In other board business:
— The board agreed to make a payment for the Whitley Central Primary HVAC work. Lagco, Inc., of Lexington, won the bid for the work in April — with an estimated price tag of just over $1.3 million.
Board members agreed to pay $283,059.90 for the work, less $30,000. Paul explained that the $30,000 was a contingency based on the company reviewing the final “punch list” for the work.
Board member Brenda Hill seconded the motion, and a roll-call vote proved the board unanimous in the decision.
— The 2013-2014 working budget was unanimously approved Thursday. Paul explained this working budget is done three times during the year. Deputy Superintendent Paula Trickett said it was reviewed in May and that the budget reviewed Thursday “was very much like May’s.”
The working budget leaves 2.8 percent in contingency funds.
“Two percent is the magic number for contingency (funds), correct?” asked Mahan, to which Trickett said yes.
“We’ve hit a wall with ways to cut (the budget),” Paul said. “(We) hope the budget will improve over the next few years.”
Mahan motioned to approve the budget, with a second from Jones.