MAPS moves forward with Honeywell project

MANISTEE — Members of the Manistee Area Public Schools Board of Education passed a resolution of intent on Wednesday evening on a  5-0 vote instructing administrators to proceed working with Honeywell Corporation energy saving projects for the Paine Aquatic Center.

Members of the Manistee Area Public Schools Board of Education discuss the Honeywell Corporation energy savings project during Wednesday's meeting at Madison Elementary School. (Ken Grabowski/News Advocate)

Members of the Manistee Area Public Schools Board of Education discuss the Honeywell Corporation energy savings project during Wednesday’s meeting at Madison Elementary School. (Ken Grabowski/News Advocate)

Voting for the proposal were Dr. Paul Antal, Jim Thompson, Daniela Thomas, Richard Edmondson and Paul Wehrmeister. Missing from last night’s meeting were Shelley Johnson and Dale Sparks.

The district is looking at doing a variety of equipment upgrades to the Paine Aquatic Center that will improve the energy efficiency of that building. Wednesday’s resolution of intent authorizes the superintendent and administrative team to negotiate a final project, score of work, price and savings with Honeywell.

“This resolution is something Honeywell likes to have boards do to show they have plans to continue on with the project,” said superintendent Ron Stoneman.

MAPS has secured approval for zero percent QZAB bonds to finance the project and those will be paid back with the savings the district gets from the upgrades.

In the resolution MAPS agreed to the following terms:

• Honeyewell and the district’s administrative team will finalize the scope of the work, price and program savings;

• Honeywell will provide a written guarantee of the savings;

• Honeywell will assist the district in obtaining the necessary financing commitment and all necessary documents ; and

• All documents are approved by legal counsel.

MAPS finance director Howard Vaas gave an update on the project.

“As you know we had bids out for the energy conservation project and one vendor submitted two proposals for different scopes of work with one being nearly twice the amount of the other one,” said Vaas. “What we (Vaas, Stoneman, maintenance director Phil Roskoski, Corey Van Fleet and engineer Gary Ferguson) are doing now is meeting with Honeywell to get questions answered. Now we are working with them investigating the scope of the project.”

Vaas said the project will most likely include the replacement of the PoolPak units (pool dehumidificatiion) at the Paine Aquatic Center with a product from another vendor. He said they will be going to Grand Rapids to meet with a contractor who has installed some of these new units and visit the sites to get feedback from those using them.

“They look excellent on paper, but we want to talk to people actually using them,” said Vaas. “We also want to talk to the installer because it is crucial to know that we have service we can count on. These things are very complex and we will never be able to do all these things in-house, so we need to know we have someone to call who will respond in a timely manner.”

Vaas said they are also looking at what will be included in this project and what will be the energy savings from making those changes.

“The group had discussion that there are things we need to decide if we should bring into the project even though they don’t have a lot of savings,” said Vaas.  “We have the zero interest borrowing with the QZAB bonds, so it might be the time to do it now.”

Vaas told the board that one proposal was to just fix what they started talking about, and the second proposal was a longer list of everything that needed fixing.

“We are going to go through that list and chop it, and one proposal is likely to be around $1 million and the other proposal was around $2 million, so this project will probably end up coming in at around $1.5 million,” said Vaas.

Other things to come before the board was a report from the Manistee High School Video production class and Chip Cast groups. Teacher Brian Veine discussed what they do in the class and played a sample video of their work for the board.

The video production class currently has 23 students and Chip Cast has 12 students.

Another subject to come before the board was an update on the track project.

“Turf is a our main goal right now and the contractor has asked us to make sure they have met the specs in the agreement related to the turf and make a determination on how close we are to the bid,” said Stoneman.

He said Forsite Design Inc. president Bruce Lemons, which is the architect of project, will be coming up to review the turf and give his opinion on it as well.

During the public comment portion of the meeting Bobbi Rogers Kraus, who is a parent of a child at Madison Elementary where the preschool and Great Start Readiness programs are located, expressed some concerns on who would be handling the buzzer entry security system. She also expressed concerns over the way the staff is notified on secure mode status and if there are plans in place as to what steps need to be taken if that occurs.

Stoneman said they are working on that, and the staff in the building would receiving information on those issues.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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