United to seek capital improvement levy in fall

HANOVERTON- The United Local school board Wednesday night agreed to place on the November ballot the same permanent improvement levy that failed in May.

The board approved a resolution to submit to the board of elections a 3-mill continuous permanent improvement levy to generate $376,700 annually. Monies generated by the levy must be used for projects that extend the life of the item by five years, such as boilers, windows and roofs.

Board member Mike Phillis assured residents that if the proposed levy passes, the current 3-mill permanent improvement levy will be dropped. He further explained that the new levy represents an increase of 1.6 mills since the current levy generates $169,000.

Phillis also noted that the board is seeking the continuous levy so that it can borrow money on it for long term projects, which boards cannot do with limited levies.

The levy failed by 200 votes in May.

In other business, the board approved an estimated $503,100 for Chevron Energy Solutions Company for junior high window replacement (phase 1), renovation of offices and classrooms, automation upgrade of the heating and cooling system, double door replacement (five aluminum) and junior high roof replacement; and an estimated $132,000 for 21st Century for installation of security door fobs and upgraded security cameras and system for a total of $635,100.

The renovations were approved through a resolution of urgent necessity originally approved by the board in May which permits the board to bypass the competitive bid process.

The projects are being funded through the permanent improvement fund which had climbed to roughly $1.4 million after the board delayed capital improvement projects the past two years while attempting to pass a bond issue for a new campus facility.

The board has already approved $148,450 for visitors bleachers and $12,039 for band bleachers at the stadium from the fund.