The Town of Lancaster Highway Department’s pre-engineered storage building has hit a delay, with town officials last week rejecting all bids received on the building.
Town leaders said bids came in too high on the structure, at slightly more than $1 million.
As a result, the town is planning on decreasing the size of the building to bring its cost under the bond amount of $865,000.
Originally, the building was to be 25,000 square feet, but its size will now be cut by 20 percent, Supervisor Dino Fudoli said last week in response to questions from the public.
Highway Superintendent Daniel Amatura said estimated costs for the building itself were not the issue, but other items were.
Resident Mike Fronczak grilled town officials at the Monday night meeting about why radiant heat was being used on flooring in the building, but Amatura responded that the radiant heat would end up being more efficient and help dry out equipment.
“I know it’s a beautiful way to do it, but is it the best way?” Fronczak persisted. “I can’t understand why a pole barn costs that much money. It just sounds like an awful expensive way to go, with radiant heat.”
Fudoli said the town needs heated facilities for its equipment to house items now stored in the town’s Colecraft building that is being sold.
“We’ve lowered the cost when it came in too high, and downsized the size of it,” he said.
The town engineer and town officials noted that having to pay prevailing wages to unionized workers also drives up the cost of such projects by as much as 40 percent.
Also at the meeting, Depew resident Don Symer alerted town officials to an ongoing parking issue with inadequate handicapped accessibility for patrons at the Lancaster Public Library. “The handicapped accessibility is woefully inadequate and I think it invites a lawsuit,” Symer said.
The town restriped the handicapped parking area last spring and Symer noted the elevation of the area make it difficult to use for people to disabilities.
“It’s better suited for mountain goat trafficking,” he said.
Councilwoman Donna Stempniak said that for now, it is the best the town can do.
“That’s not good enough. This has been going on for years,” Symer replied.
Town officials said they would further evaluate the situation and see what else could be done.
Also this week:
• St. Mary’s High School of Lancaster and Buffalo Truck Center are hosting their 18th annual Classic Car & Truck Show and chicken barbecue. The event runs from 12 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18 on the grounds of the high school at 142 Laverack Ave.
Exhibitors can register the day of the event from 9 a.m. to noon for an $18 fee or they can take advantage of a reduced registration fee of $13 by registering by today.
Registration forms are available by calling the high school at 683-4824. Registration is limited to the first 200 vehicles and the event will be held rain or shine.
There is no charge to attend the event. Exhibitors will be eligible to win more than 80 awards and the coveted Art Clark trophy.
• The Lancaster School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Central Avenue School, 149 Central Ave.
• The Lancaster Village Board meets in a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building at Broadway and Central Avenue, followed by a 7 p.m. business meeting. A Building, Lights and Codes Committee meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. ahead of the work session.