District seek bids for three projects, including new surface for alley, at total cost of about one-quarter million dollars

Two Taft Union High School buildings need new roofs and the alley that runs between Martin Memorial Stadium and main part of the campus should be replaced, the TUHS director of maintenance operations and transportation told the District Board of Trustees.

Total cost of the project is estimated to be more than a quarter million dollars.

The Board agreed and voted to seek bids for three projects at a special meeting Monday evening, but resurfacing the alley may be a more complicated project than first thought.

MOT Director Rocky O'Neill said the alley is deteriorating to the point that it is a safety issue for people walking on it.

"It's a becoming a trip hazard," O'Neill said.

The project proposed would involve demolition of the of the current road surface and replacing it with a new surface covering 13,000 square feet by six inches deep at an estimated cost of $182,000.

Board member Paul Linder said he's concerned the project could beome much more complicated and costly if the scope of the work triggers requirements to upgrade access ramps and a stair case to comply with Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

Linder, who was one MOT Director at the school, said the project might involve building a sloped ramp for handicapped access from the east side of the stadium where staff park their cars on school days to the alley way.

Linder said he's afraid ADA requirements could "open a can of worms like you wouldn't believe."

He asked O'Neill if just putting an overlay on top of the existing surface would work.

No, O'Neill said. That would create drainage issues.

O'Neill said he's going to contact officials from the Department of the State Architect to determine what ADA requirements could come into play.

The Board also agreed to seek bids to put new roofs on two large buildings.
Building F, which includes the IRC, Library and copy room at an estimated cost of just over $85,000, and Building K, which holds the Oil Technology Academy, welding and FFA program, at an estimated $90,000.

Both buildings need the work, O'Neill said.

"These two roofs have been at the top of the list," he said. "We had them patched two years in a row and its time."