Hamburg school directors learned on Jan. 11 that the second phase of renovations to the district's stadium will be put out to bid on Jan. 28.

Phase II includes a synthetic turf field, an eight-lane synthetic track and lighting, as well as, renovations to the baseball field, according to architect Philip Leinbach.

Leinbach said that the estimated $2.1 million price tag for the project may come in under that amount.

'We are in a healthy bidding climate,' Leinbach said. 'Weˆ  are very likely to see numbers under that (amount). The number of bidders should be up.'

A ticket booth and the lowering of a wall between the grandstands and track will also be completed, but is not included in the $2.1 million estimate, according to Leinbach.

The district will fund the project from its capital reserve fund, according to business manager Stuart Whiteleather.

The time line for the project includes awarding bids at the board's Feb. 22 meeting with construction beginning in early April and completion of work by July, according to Leinbach.

Phase I of the project included grandstands, press box and a field house and was completed prior to the start of the 2008 school year.

In other news, school directors agreed to have administrators see what property is available to build a school to replace Perry Elementary.

Previously, a committee recommended building a school on a different site as its top option followed by building a school on the same site.

'I want to keep it in the borough,' director Ned Light said. 'but we are land locked. Is there another site in Shoemakersville? For future growth we are in trouble (at the current site) and we will end up spending more money.'

Previous estimates to build a school were $21 million with the district borrowing $19 million plus using $2 million from a capital account, according to Whiteleather.

Superintendent Steven Keifer said that the district is in strong financial condition and that 'we can build a $20 million project and not have to raise taxes to do it.'

In other news, Kenneth Pick, county redevelopment director, told directors that bids will go out on Jan. 24 for the next part of the Grand Street extension which includes a street connection to Route 61 heading north.

'Bids will be received by Feb. 24 and will be awarded by the first week of March,' Pick said. 'Construction would start in March and be completed by September. At that point Grand Street would be used for right turns in (to the borough) and right turns out (heading north).

The final phase of the project includes a fully signalized intersection and southbound lane with construction starting in 2011 and being completed in 2012, according to Pick.

'Things are going as well as can be expected when working with PennDot,' he said.

The school directors met in executive session prior to the meeting to discuss a personnel/contract issue. No further information was available.

School directors Lolly Lesher, Charles Sonday and Brian Specht were absent.

The next board meeting is Monday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the James A. Gilmartin Community Room.

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