Garden City to seek bids for remediation at historic St. Paul's

The front of St. Paul's School in Garden

The front of St. Paul's School in Garden City. The Village board is to seek competitive bids for remediation and deconstruction on the campus. Photo Credit: Newsday, 2011 / Karen Wiles Stabile

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The Garden City Village Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a resolution to solicit competitive bids for remediation and deconstruction of Ellis Hall at the historic St. Paul's campus.

The village would do the work under an Inter-Municipal Agreement with Nassau County, through which it would receive $300,000 through the Nassau County 2006 Environmental Bond Act, to deal with asbestos issues at the 1960s building.

"It's great that they're going to take advantage of that grant," Maureen Traxler, a member of the Garden City Historical Society, said after Thursday's board meeting.

The board also voted 8-0 to approve awarding a bid to Neville Fire Apparatus Corp., of New Hyde Park, for a custom stainless steel pumper truck at a cost of $657,981, which includes a trade-in value of $15,000 for a 1991 pumper truck. Ten vendors were invited to bid, but only one responded.

The lack of response led village resident Steven Ilardi to question the process. "I don't know if there is anything you can do to get more people to answer, because it seems like you're really not getting an idea of what the cost is by getting one bid and receiving one bid."

In response, Mayor John Watras said: "That's one of the challenges that we always face . . . It is frustrating sometimes."

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In other news, village auditor James Olivo said health care costs for village employees will increase 1.9 percent, less than the projected 3 percent to 7 percent, which would generate surplus funds for this year.

"It would reduce the increase that we would have anticipated for next year," Olivo said. "Health insurance, unfortunately, is an inflationary item that we don't have that much control over."

The budgeted savings will be offset by the New York State and Local Retirement System reducing its rate by 1 percent. The village would still save a total of $50,000 on health care and pension costs, Olivo said.


The board is also searching until the end of this month for a replacement of village administrator Robert Schoelle, who is retiring after 30 years, Watras said.

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