SALEM - The city school board awarded the contract for a new wall at the north end of Reilly Stadium to the low bidder, Kreidler Construction of Poland, for $114,100 -an amount lower than the $140,000 estimate.
The board took the action during a special session Tuesday morning, about a week after bids were opened on Aug. 29.
Other bids submitted were: $116,000 from ATEC Construction; $116,370 from Santini Builders; $142,400 from J. Herbert Construction; $151,200 from Stitle Construction; $159,900 from Sander Construction; and $162,314 from Coates Construction.
At least two of the companies, J. Herbert Construction and Stitle Construction, were from Salem, with Santini based in Washingtonville.
"We want to get it going as soon as possible," board President Brad Myers said when contacted, noting the work will be done this year.
With the Reilly Stadium wall in bad shape, members of the Salem Preservation Society approached the board two years ago with an idea to replace the north wall, build a replica of the original ticket booth and install a dedication park with trees, benches and pavers. The cost was originally estimated at $650,000 to do all the work, including the dismantling of the north wall.
Citing safety factors due to the wall's deterioration, the board decided in January to raze the north wall of the stadium along Pershing Street and install a temporary fence. Last month, again citing safety concerns, board member Steve Bailey announced the board was moving forward and rebuilding the north wall now using a revised plan for the construction and permanent improvement funds to cover the cost.
He said the project was estimated at $140,000 to replace the entire north wall with a 6-foot 4-inch wall composed of a knee-high wall of bricks with brick columns and wrought iron-like ornamental fencing in between. The project will include installation of a replica of the original wrought iron gate and the rebuilding of two sections of brick wall on the east side of the stadium behind the band shell.
The Salem Preservation Society remains a part of the stadium project, with plans continuing for the renovation on the west side of the stadium, now at an estimated cost of $200,000, to be paid for through SPS fundraising efforts.
The enhancements will include a replica of the original ticket booth, a replica of the old north wall, and a Dedication Park which will include trees, benches and pavers to serve as tributes or memorials to Salem High School graduates, classes, residents, organizations or businesses. The area will include information about the history of the stadium.
Myers said it's a win-win for the community.
Mary Ann Greier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org