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Buda towers set to fall

Tentative demo date is July 17

MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley School Board has hired Burke Excavating Inc. of Tampico to demolish the Buda towers.

During a special meeting Monday, July 10, the board accepted the company’s bid of $295,395.

This is the second time the district has gone through the bidding process for demolishing the towers.

Superintendent Eric Lawson said the bids were reopened due to a discrepancy in the original first-round bids. The original bid, which came from Burke Excavating, did not encompass the entire project, he said.

This time, Lawson said, he and the district’s architect met with contractors interested in the job at the Buda school to do a walk through of the building and clearly explain the job.

While the district received only two bids in the previous bidding process, it received 12 during the rebidding, Lawson said.

Companies from as far away as the Quad Cities and the Chicagoland area bid on the project. Their prices were much higher, however, most likely due to traveling expenses, Lawson said.

The board is planning on a tentative demolition date of Monday, July 17.

Asbestos abatement of the towers is underway.

The board hired Midwest Service Group at a cost of $93,585 to remove asbestos. Also, the mobile classroom units, which will house Grades 3 through 5 this fall, have arrived and are being set up on the Buda campus.

In other news, board President Don King announced there will be community meetings to educate the public about Phase 1 of the facilities plan. The one-hour sessions will include a question-and-comment period, he said.

The first meeting was at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Bureau Valley North Elementary School. The next will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at Rick Rediger’s Auction building in Wyanet, and at 6 p.m. Friday, July 14, at Bureau Valley High School.

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