MCDONALD Unplanned costs raise the bill

The village wants to extend and pave Sixth Street to McDonald Avenue.
McDONALD -- The village school board announced that construction of an elementary school and renovations to the high school will cost $17.95 million.
That's about $1.25 million, or about 7 percent, over the $16.7 million original estimate made for the projects in 1998.
Costs also include razing Roosevelt Elementary School when the new building is complete.
Treasurer Thomas Radabaugh said Monday that the cost increased because of several factors, including asbestos removal at the high school in excess of what was originally planned, and an increase in the cost of laying footers for the new elementary school, which had to be dug 4 feet deeper than planned.
The state will fund $1.1 million, or 88 percent, of the increase and the district will pay the rest, $150,468.
Street extension
In other business at the board meeting Monday, village Administrator Robert O'Connell told the board that the village has applied for state Issue II funds to extend Sixth Street from Iowa Avenue to McDonald Avenue. It would cost about $250,000 to pave the street and install storm sewers, curbs and sidewalks. O'Connell said the village should learn Thursday whether Issue II funds have been awarded to the project, and if not, officials will seek funding elsewhere.
The village wants to make sure there is a sidewalk running from the high school and the new elementary school to the Hilltop area of the village off McDonald Avenue so the pupils from that area have a safe path to school.

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