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Cold Ventilator Blues

Stewart School units freeze;

delays ensue

Frederick W. Seeba of BBS Architects & Engineers recently delivered an update to the Garden City Board of Education regarding the school district’s $36.5 million investment bond for renovations and construction.

The investment was approved back in 2009, and according to Seeba, five of six contractors have completed their work, with the exception of Farmingdale-based Thermo Tech Combustion Inc.

According to Seeba, Thermo Tech completed all their items, however there were “a handful of items” BBS Architects & Engineers is not accepting, and wants them to go back to do additional work.

Most recently, the school district had 13 ventilators at the Stewart School freeze, resulting in BBS Architects & Engineers taking a second look at conditions in the district’s buildings and finding the additional work to be added to Thermo Tech’s punch list.

“We have sent Thermo Tech a letter, outlining all additional items found, asked for a schedule on when those items will be completed, however we have not received a response yet,” Seeba said.

Offering an explanation for the freezing ventilators, Seeba said some of the units that Thermo Tech installed “were not sealed tightly to the outside wall, allowing some of the outside air to come inside, go around the coiled compartment and cause freeze-ups in the end compartments.”

“Fortunately we only cracked one coil of Thermo Techs work, and the rest just thawed out once they started working again and heat returned to the building,” Seeba said.

The work needed to be done to rectify the situation was described by Seeba as “somewhat intrusive,” saying that Thermo Tech will have to possibly shut down heat in the entire building, disconnect piping and wiring, and weather permitting, may have to wait until February break or longer to begin.

“We would have to shut down heat in the entire building, unless we can isolate certain areas with zone valves - it will be a time consuming job,” Seeba said, who then offered a possible alternative strategy of removing outdoor air intakes and sealing from outside.

In the meantime, Seeba said that actions will be taken to prevent further freeze-ups, including implementing control sequence modifications and staying in communication with Con Edison Solutions, which the district entered into an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with in 2011.

While Seeba referred to the news of five of six contractors completing their work as “good,” Garden City Board of Education President Barbara Trapasso spoke on behalf of the rest of the board saying, “we are not happy.”

“A statement was made last month that this work would be done by Jan. 3, now you’re talking about February and March—this should have been done last year,” Trapasso said, who Seeba sympathized and agreed with.

When asked why this work is being done following the freeze-ups, Seeba explained that a number of people reviewed the work, and said, “unfortunately, there is no way to tell that the unit is not sealed until you have a cold snap and you can stick your hand in and feel cold air blowing into the compartment.”

Seeba estimated that Thermo Tech installed 55 to 60 ventilators, which they will inspect every one, beginning with the 13 that froze at the Stewart School.

Estimating on the length of the job, Seeba said it depends on how Thermo Tech can prove to BBS Architects & Engineers that the units are sealed properly. Seeba also said that any costs for the extra expenditures that can be attributed directly to Thermo Tech will be issued.

News

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.

Stewart Manor budget, mayor’s salary increase

At a time when municipalities are grappling with keeping expenditures down, the Village of Stewart Manor saw not only its 2014-15 operating budget increase, but its mayor’s salary. At a meeting of the board of trustees held on Monday, April, 8, Stewart Manor adopted a budget of $2,418,548.03, a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, the board approved a raise of $1,000 for Mayor Gerard Tangredi, bringing his salary to $3,000. The salaries for trustees John Egan, M. Carole Schafenberg, and William Grogan are set at $2,000 each. Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato has declined his stipend.

Salaries and benefits make up 42 percent of the total budget. According to the state comptroller, it’s acceptable for that number to be as high as 65 percent. The total costs of salaries and benefits have actually decreased by around 5 percent from the previous year’s adopted budget.  


Sports

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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