COAL CITY – Coal City Community Unit School District 1 is ready to rebuild its storage buildings nearly nine months after an EF-2 tornado ripped through the buildings owned by the district at Spring and Berta roads.
The district put the rebuilding of the two storage facilities out to bid in June, and none were submitted. In an effort to get the structures replaced, the district added a second option to the bid for one large storage facility versus replacing the two existing.
"The second time we went to bid we tried to get more bidders so we added the option of one larger building with the same square footage to replace the two buildings that have been torn down," Superintendent Kent Bugg said. "We were able to do this because our tenant farmer, John Trotter, whose contract states he has use of one of the buildings to store his machinery, was willing to work with us."
The farmland where the buildings were located was bought by the district about 10 years ago when it anticipated large population growth in the area. The land was bought and reserved for any potential facilities the district would need to accommodate a larger student population.
When the growth didn’t happen as projected, the district entered into a cash rental agreement with a local farmer who now rents the land from the district. The district has had the agreement for the past three years.
Bugg said Trotter will still have the same storage space as before, but it would be a shared building with the school district.
The district was using the storage space to store miscellaneous equipment and supplies that don’t fit on other properties owned by the district. The previous structures were pole barns with metal siding and gravel floors.
Sealed bids for the replacement were opened July 31. The sole bidder was FBi Buildings Inc.
Jason Smith, chief school business official, told school board members at their regular meeting Wednesday night that while the bid came in with options for both one building and two it was more cost-effective to do the one building, although insurance is paying for the replacement of the buildings.
Smith said the one large building bid came in at $69,898, and the two buildings would have totaled $90,884.
The board approved the bid, 6-0, with Jeff Emerson absent.