With no overhead protection form the elements, visitors to the Elma Senior Center must deal with muddy shoes and other unenviable conditions when they’re dropped off at the front door.
That will soon change after the Town Board last week awarded a long-awaited contract to build a portico at the popular destination.
Three companies submitted bids, and Picone Construction was ultimately awarded a contract for $155,580.
Supervisor Dennis M. Powers announced that Northern Dreams had the lowest bid, at $125,000, but that an official from DiDonato Associates reviewed the submissions and noticed that Northern Dreams had omitted an item from its bid.
“When it was included, it brought the bid up to $175,000,” Powers said.
Powers said that a conceptual drawing of the portico features a school bus beneath the portico, which raised concerns from some senior citizens that the structure won’t be tall enough to accommodate charter buses.
“I know that they made it high enough for a traveling coach,” Powers said. “They confirmed it’s 14 feet.”
Councilman Michael P. Nolan said overpasses in New York State have a minimum height of 13 feet, 6 inches, so the portico’s height won’t be an issue.
More than half of the cost – $82,500 – will be paid from Community Development Block Grant funds awarded to the town, reducing the town’s financial commitment to just over $73,000.
Powers said a stipulation in the contract will require the work to be finished by June 30.
An additional $16,100 in engineering costs are associated with the project.
The bid was awarded by a count of 4-1, with Councilman James Malczewski dissenting.
Malczewski said that he understands the need for the portico and the desire of senior citizens to have the project completed but that the project “isn’t the right fit.”