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June 17, 2014

District 118 considers summertime projects

DANVILLE – Now that school officially is out for the summer, the Danville District 118 School Board will consider bids Wednesday night for two renovation projects that are being planned at some of the elementary schools.

Last year, the district received a $50,000 school maintenance grant from the state to renovate the restrooms throughout Garfield Elementary School. The district is required to match that grant amount.

Money also has been budgeted that will allow the district to repair and repave the driveways and parking lots at Garfield, Cannon and Edison elementary schools. Both the restroom and paving projects are expected to be completed over the summer.

Ron Henton, the district’s director of buildings and grounds, said the restroom project at Garfield would entail replacing the plumbing fixtures, stalls and some water lines as well as a little painting.

“We will install touchless faucets and the sinks will be changed out,” he said. “We want to get everything upgraded and modernized.”

McDowell Builders, Inc. of Sidell was the lowest of three contractors for the restroom project with a bid of $49,686.

Henton said the paving project at Cannon School would include paving the parking lot on the east side of the school as well as the driveway behind the school that connects to Bismark Street.

At Edison, the south parking lot would be paved as well as the drive, and Henton said the fence would be moved to create more parking behind the school.

At Garfield, the drive entering from Gilbert Street will be repaved as well as the playground area and the west side of the school.

“We want to get the broken asphalt and the broken sidewalks taken care of,” Henton said.

Cross Construction of Urbana was the lowest of three contractors for the paving projects at the three schools with a bid of $486,505.

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