Village of Massena officials receive one bid for work on former School of Business


Village of Massena officials receive one bid for work on former School of Business

MASSENA — Village of Massena officials have received one bid for work that will be done at the former Massena School of Business building, 22-24 Main St. Bids were due Wednesday.“We did get one bid yesterday,” Mayor Timmy J. Currier said Thursday.Village officials had previously solicited bids for the work and got no response. They had advertised the work and also sent the information to some of their known contractors, but to no avail. Mr. Currier said he was told by two of the contractors that they were too busy to take on a new project.Trustees will be asked to consider the bid when they hold their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.Following a public hearing in July, trustees had declared the former Massena School of Business blighted and a nuisance, giving them the authority to begin taking action to address the issues. Code Enforcement Officer Aaron Hardy had attempted to contact the out-of-town property owner multiple times, without success, to have the code violations addressed. During July’s meeting, Mr. Hardy had outlined a number of code violations, including broken windows, high grass and weeds, harboring of rodents, pigeon infestation and droppings both inside and outside the building, water damage, rotting wood, peeling paint, broken front display windows and unsecured doors that have allowed individuals to gain access to the building. Based on that information, Mr. Currier drew up a draft work order, which was approved by trustees in August, indicating the work to be done. Initially, village officials are planning to tackle items like boarding up windows, painting the trim, taking old signage off the front of the building, repairing and cleaning some siding, putting pigeon spikes up to keep the birds out, and taking off and replacing some old boarding around the bottom of the building. The cost of the work will be added to the property owner’s tax bill. Mr. Currier said he’s investigating the possibility of having a particular “go-to” contractor who would bid every year, and would be available when work like the Massena School of Business came up.“We’re trying to find a way and we don’t know if we can do it within the law. We have to be careful when we’re dealing with public money,” he said.That way, he said, it wouldn’t take them two months to find a contractor for a project.“We keep hearing from them that they’re all busy,” Mr. Currier said.
Source: Watertown Daily Times Latest News
Village of Massena officials receive one bid for work on former School of Business

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