Track Project Moves Forward
After overcoming a number of challenges, plans to construct a new track on the Lyme-Old Lyme High School campus are now moving forward. Work is expected to begin soon, with a completion date sometime in the second half of 2009.
Simscroft Echo Farms was awarded the contract after two rounds of competitive bidding. The first round of competitive bidding ended when the process failed to produce a qualified bidder within reasonable reach of the available funding. The Board of Education’s Facility Committee then reduced the scope of the work, taking care to preserve the essential features and quality standards of the project. Changes in the economic climate also favored the bids during the second round of bidding. Simcroft was the low and successful bidder with a based bid of $1,399,977. Other project costs and contingencies bring the total cost of the project to$1,672,825.
A generous donation from the Niblack Foundation of $1.1 million will underwrite approximately 2/3 of the total project costs. The balance of the project is being funded through the operations budget and from the reserve fund for capital and non recurring projects. The total project costs include approximately $229,000 for drainage work that would have otherwise had to be done through the high school building project.
While the track is obviously a tremendous asset to the district’s physical education and athletic programs, it promises to deliver many years of service to all citizens. It will be an outstanding facility for community fitness and recreation.