Niagara Gazette

Local News

January 24, 2013

Falls school board tabs Monroe County firm for study

Niagara Gazette — Sometimes, when it's necessary, the Niagara Falls City School District is going to hire a firm from outside Niagara County to work on its $67 million capital improvement project.

Assistant Superintendent Mark Laurrie said the district hired Pittsford firm Seeler Engineering to study the possible economic and non-economic benefits a collective project labor agreement would bring the district concerning the completion of its Inventing Tomorrow initiative.

"We looked for a local company, but we were unable to find one that provided these services," Laurrie said. "We also looked at cost as a factor and this company already has experience locally with the Culinary Arts Center."

This marks the second contract awarded to a non-Niagara County contractor for the project, following a land surveying contract awarded to Pulaski firm Bolton Land Surveying in December.

School board member Johnny Destino didn't like seeing another contract heading out of the area and cast the lone no vote when it was approved in an 8-1 decision Thursday.

"Once again, we have a contract going to a company outside of Niagara County," Destino said. "When we set out, we said we wanted this project to not only benefit the student and staff but also the community. The district needs to understand going out of the area costs more money."

Seeler's contract calls for the district to pay up to $10,000 for the report, will provide the district with a list it'll use to create a project-wide agreement all awarded contractors would need to adhere to throughout the project's duration.

If the district likes what Seeler reports, school district attorney Angelo Massaro said the project labor agreement, a collective bargaining agreement covering all aspects of a specific project, would allow both union and non-union contractors to bid on any portion of the project while regulating issues like schedules and ensures work is completed, even if there's larger-scale labor issues.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results