First Prop P bids awarded

Twelfth in a series

By MIKE ANTHONY

Bids totaling more than $1.5 million for roofing projects at four schools were awarded in May 2001 by the Mehlville Board of Education for the first projects to be performed as part of the Proposition P districtwide building improvement program.

Proposition P was a nearly $68.4 million bond issue funded by a 49-cent tax-rate increase when approved by voters more than five years ago. However, a final budget revision approved in December raises the Proposition P budget to $89,137,440 — a roughly 30.3-percent in-crease — about $20.7 million more than the nearly $68.4 million building improvement program envisioned in 2000.

The 12th installment of the Proposition P chronology, based on Mehlville documentation and published accounts in the Call, picks up with the board’s May 28, 2001, approval of the first Proposition P bids.

The bids also include the cost of additional work “for possible decking and perimeter problems not now known, but could be uncovered upon the removal of the old roofs.”

By project, contracts awarded were:

• Mehlville Senior High School — C. Martin Roofing, base bid of $665,283 and bid of $23,000 for additional ply. For additional work, the company submitted a bid of $51,900, bringing the cost to $740,183.

• Beasley Elementary School — Top Priority Roofing, base bid of $252,698 and a bid of $8,903 for additional ply. For additional work, the company submitted a bid of $13,000, bringing the cost to $274,601.

• Bierbaum Elementary School — Bade Roofing, base bid of $306,038 and a bid of $12,000 for additional ply. For additional work, the company submitted a bid of $13,000, bringing the cost to $331,038.

• Blades Elementary School — Bade Roofing, base bid of $155,586 and a bid of $4,000 for additional ply. For additional work, the company submitted a bid of $8,750, bringing the cost to $168,336.

The chronology continues next week.