After Spending $1.3 Million for a New High School Field The Board NOW Wants to Spend Your Money on stadium lighting at the Middle School...Why?
William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNews)(May 5, 2021)--The Gloucester City Board of Education is advertising for bids for Exterior Field Lighting at the Gloucester City Middle School at 500 Market Street. The project consists of but is not limited to, providing field lighting poles and fixtures on previously installed concrete bases utilizing previously installed conduit, wiring, and controllers.
The bid advertisement (below), which cost taxpayers $158.40 to be published was forwarded to us by a friend. CNBNews is publishing the announcement as a public service.
In the summer of 2016, the public learned that the new middle school would have a football field and jogging track. CNBNew searched South Jersey to see if there were any other school districts that have a middle school football field, especially a lighted one and found none. In fact, we could find no middle school football teams in the state of New Jersey.
From the bid notice below.
Based on the Board's adoption of the 06 May 2021 budget, bids will be received no later than 10:00 AM prevailing time, on Wednesday, 02 June 2021 in the Board Offices located in the Gloucester City High School; 1300 Market Street; Gloucester City, New Jersey 08030.
The following snippet was taken from a July 15, 2016, CNBNews article
The Gloucester City Board of Education displayed a photo (above) of the $1 million athletic field being constructed behind the new middle school at Market and 5th Streets at its July 12 meeting. As far as
CNBNews has been able to determine Gloucester City will have the only middle school in South Jersey with an artificial turf football stadium and track field at its disposal. Last month the school board spent $125,000 to install the electrical infrastructure to light the stadium at night if so desired.
In December John Kenney, facilities director said the field will need to be maintained eight hours a week, "The District will need to purchase turf cleaning and grooming equipment@ an estimated cost of $8000. Turf material costs are estimated at $1500 to $2000 per year. The field will be "tufted" ( lines in turf) for soccer, field hockey, and football. Painting of field lines for daily physical education activities and sports team usage will not be required. Maintenance of the field/track area is estimated at 8 hours per week. Our existing staff will be trained in turf field maintenance prior to the opening of the new school."
A 2015 CNBNews article regarding the construction of the school and the stadium revealed that new lights at the high school football field in 2009 cost taxpayers $218,000...
NEARLY A MILLION DOLLARS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STADIUM --CNBNews was told by Gloucester City school officials to contact the NEW JERSEY School Development Authority (SDA) for the cost of the stadium being built at the new Middle School on Market Street. The school board is considering installing lighting for the field.
The new school is costing $64 million to build. Add to it the $20 million it cost to clear the ground of contaminants along with the $3 million plus in lost tax ratables and total for this project is $87 million.
Recently the Board voted 8-1 in favor of having the conduit for the lights placed around the field for an estimated cost of $125,000.
Edythe Maier, SDA spokesperson said the cost of the playing field is $567,500. "Please note that this does not include bleachers or lighting. I am not able to give you a cost for the track as those costs are part of the overall site work being done for the project."
In 2009, the stadium lights for the high school field cost $218,000. More than likely that figure has increased in six years. According to City School Facilities Director John Kenney, the estimated costs for bleachers is between $40,000 and $50,000. The sum of all the figures is an estimated $960,500.
In December the Board of Education authorized the construction of a similar football field at the high school. The cost for it was $1.3 million
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT SEALED BIDS FOR: EXTERIOR FIELD LIGHTING AT THE GLOUCESTER CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCATED AT 500 MARKET STREET; GLOUCESTER CITY, NEW JERSEY 08030. Based on the Board's adoption of the 06 May 2021 budget, bids will be received no later than 10:00 AM prevailing time, on Wednesday, 02 June 2021in the Board Offices located in the Gloucester City High School; 1300 Market Street; Gloucester City, New Jersey 08030. Due to the directive from the State to limit public gatherings, bidders will not be able to attend the on-site opening but will be invited to attend via ZOOM. Proposals shall be submitted by mail or in person. The District will have a bin at the Main Entrance of the High School where bidders are to deposit their bids. Bid Proposals will be opened & read aloud via the ZOOM meeting at 10:10 AM. Bidders bear sole responsibility for ensuring that their bids are received by the District prior to the time stated for receipt of bids, and that bidders are responsible for ensuring accuracy, completeness, and accessibility by the BOE. Electronic submissions of Bids will not be accept THIS IS NOT A SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (SDA) PROJECT Prime Bidders must be pre-qualified by the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Department of Property and Management Construction, prior to the date that bids are received. Any bids submitted under the terms of New Jersey Statutes not including a copy of a valid and active Pre27 qualified/ Classification Certificate and New Jersey Department of Labor Contractor Registration Certificate may be rejected as being non-responsive to bid requirements. The following DPMC-Classified Trade(s) and License(s) may be required by the Overall Prime Bidder and/or their subcontractors: C008 General Construction C009 General Construction/ Alterations and Additions. C047 Electrical. Bids must be addressed to the GLOUCESTER CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION; 1300 Market Street; Gloucester City, New Jersey 08030; Attn.: Teri Weeks, Business Administrator/Board Secretary. All bids received on time shall be opened and read publicly at the above time and date. The Bidder assumes full responsibility for appropriate delivery (via whatever means, including mail) on or before the designated time and to the designated location. The District is not responsible for any bids that fail to be delivered on or before the designated time, and to the designated location specified by this advertisement, regardless of fault. Electronic (e-mail) submissions shall not be accepted. The GLOUCESTER CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION and REGAN YOUNG ENGLAND BUTERA, PC. assume no responsibility for bids mailed or misdirected in delivery. Sealed bids shall be received as a SINGLE GENERAL CONSTRUCTION contract for all work, goods and services required to complete the project. The bid must identify the name or names of all subcontractors to whom the Prime Bidder will subcontract the furnishing of: (1) Plumbing and Gas Fitting; (2) Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; (3) Electrical Work, including any electrical power plant, tele-data, fire alarm, or security system; and (4) Structural Steel and Ornamental Iron Work ("Prime Subcontractors"). Each of the Prime Subcontractors shall be qualified in the same manner as the Prime Bidder, in accordance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-1 et seq. If none are required, the Prime Bidder shall input "None" on the List of Subcontractors. The project consists of, but is not limited to, providing field lighting poles and fixtures on previously installed concrete bases utilizing previously installed conduit, wiring and controllers. Bid Forms, Instructions to Bidders, Specifications and other bid documents may be made available to Prime Bidders by the office of REGAN YOUNG ENGLAND BUTERA, PC by contacting themduring regular business hours, (beginning on 07 May 2021). Additional information, including a list of (registered) Prime Bidders, can be obtained from the Architect's web site (www.RYEBREAD.com). Subcontractors and vendors may obtain copies from registered Prime Bidders. There is a $25.00 non-refundable cost to be a Prime Bidder. An electronic copy of the specifications and drawings shall be made available to Prime Bidders; hard copies of the bidding documents shall not be provided. Access to the electronic documents shall be emailed to the Prime Bidder upon receipt of their payment and all of the following information: Business name. Contact person. Business mailing address. Business phone number. Business facsimile number. Email address for whom bid documents are to be sent. Additional information, including Addenda, a list of Prime Bidders, and project budget can be obtained from the following link. http://www.ryebread.com/bidding/ Inquiries shall be directed to: Angelo. P Butera, AIA, LEED AP REGAN YOUNG ENGLAND BUTERA, PC 456 High Street Mt. Holly, NJ 08060 (609) 265-2652/0333 Fax email@example.com A NON-MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held at 10:00 AM prevailing time, on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 in the Main Lobby of the GLOUCESTER CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL located at 500 Market Street; Gloucester City, New Jersey 08030. Attendance at the Pre-Bid Conference is encouraged but not mandatory, however masks will be mandatory. Bid documents will not be available at the pre-bid conference. Prime Bidder shall note that long-lead shop drawings are required to be initiated immediately after the Notice to Proceed is issued so that those items can be ordered as soon as possible. Construction shall begin on or about 14 June 2021 and shall be substantially completed on or before 27 August 2021. Bids must be made upon the official Form of Bid and shall include Bid Security in the form of a certified check, cashier's check, or by Bid Bond drawn to the order of the Owner in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the Base Bid but in no case in excess of $20,000.00. The bid shall also be accompanied by an executed Consent of Surety in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-25, agreeing to furnish a Performance Bond and a Payment Bond, each in the stated principal amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the contract amount, and a two-year Maintenance Bond in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the contract amount. Contracts for work under these bids will obligate contractors and Subcontractors to (1) pay Prevailing Wages in accordance with N.J.S.A. 34:11-56(a) et. seq., (2) comply with equal opportunity laws in accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et. seq., (3) comply with Affirmative Action laws in accordance with N.J.A.C. 17:27 and comply with Exhibit B of the Department of the Treasury, Guidelines for Administering EEO in Public Contracts), (4) provide ownership disclosure information per N.J.S.A. 52:25-24.2, (5) comply with New Jersey Business Registration laws in accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:32-44 and (6) comply with any and all successors, amendments or additions thereto. Prime Bidders are required to comply with the requirements of the State of New Jersey Public School Contract Law, N.J.S.A. Title 18A bidding laws. A Prime Bidder that withdraws or modifies his/her bid prior to 60 days after the actual date of opening of bids may forfeit their bid security. All bid security, except for the security of the three apparent lowest responsible Prime Bidders shall, if requested, be returned after ten days from the opening of the bids, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays excepted, and the bids of such Prime Bidders shall be considered as withdrawn. Registered Bidders must submit substitution requests or any questions concerning the project to the Architect on Form 006001 BIDDER REQUEST FOR INFORMATION included in the Project Manual no later than 1:00 PM Wednesday, 19 May 2021. The Architect will not respond to questions received by those other than Prime Bidders. The GLOUCESTER CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION has the right to award the contracts within sixty (60) days of the bid opening and reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any non-material defects, as may be permitted by law. Bidders are advised that the Owner reserves the right to cancel this Project at any time due to any unforeseen circumstances that arise in connection with any Public Health Emergency and funding related to same. By submitting a bid, Prime Bidders waive, on behalf of themselves and their Subcontractors, any potential claim for increased costs, loss of profits, delay damages, or other similar consequential and direct damages incurred due to the District's Termination of the Project or Convenience. Directions to the Pre-Bid Conference and the Bid Opening can be obtained by calling: John Kenney (856) 456-7000, X1524 By Order of the GLOUCESTER CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION. Teri Weeks, Business Administrator/Board Secretary ($158.40)