Parkland Press

Thursday, June 4, 2020

School board reviews bus garage replacement

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in School

The Parkland School Board reviewed a proposal, during the Dec. 17, 2019, workshop, for restoration of the bus garage which burned in a fire nearly two years ago.

District officials report although funding money has been available from Liberty Mutual Insurance, the replacement structure has to be brought up to code.

Director of School Services Dave Keppel reported the new facility will have restrooms, a sprinkler system, heat and will be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.

“Liberty Mutual has to pay, with the upgrades,” Keppel said. “It can’t be built the way it was. It must be up to code.”

He noted the total site and building cost of $1,539,025 will be covered by insurance.

Keppel said the amount includes $246,000 for water service which the previous building did not have.

“We have to run the water line 3,000 feet to Limekiln Road,” Keppel noted. “We have to figure out a septic system for this building.”

The proposal lists $24,000 for an on-site septic system, although Keppel said it may be possible to connect with the Orefield Middle School waste setup.

The bus garage layout includes a wash box and storage for 10 buses.

Keppel said most Parkland buses are kept outside.

An additional component of the new building will be office space for the transportation department which is presently housed at the Troxell building.

This portion of the new structure will not be covered by insurance but will be paid by the school district.

In addition to offices, the plan indicates a conference room, break room and training room. Cost of the office complex is $390,812.

During the main portion of the meeting, the board awarded a contract of $230,572 to Telco Inc. for traffic signalization of the intersection of Schantz and Twin Ponds roads.

The work is part of road improvements for Veterans Memorial Elementary School under construction in Upper Macungie.

The board authorized Verizon Pennsylvania LLC to proceed with plans for relocating 10 utility poles along Schantz Road near the school. Estimated cost is $154,950.