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Joliet D-86 board approves asbestos abatement work at Culbertson

Joliet District 86 board members at Wednesday's meeting at the district's administrative center.
Joliet District 86 board members at Wednesday's meeting at the district's administrative center.

JOLIET – The Joliet Public Schools District 86 Board approved several bids for asbestos abatement and mechanical piping insulation work at T.E. Culbertson Elementary School.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the board unanimously approved a base bid of $152,800 for asbestos abatement of a crawl space and $96,740 for mechanical piping insulation work at Culbertson, 1521 E. Washington St. M&O Environmental Co. of Homewood was the lowest responsible bidder for the asbestos abatement work. 

Allen Service Corp., an architectural and environmental consultant for the district, stated in a letter to the district that M&O Environmental Co. has “successfully completed several projects for us in the past, including one of the schools in Joliet last summer.”

Tinley Park-based K. M. Holly Construction was the lowest responsible bidder for the installation of new mechanical piping insulation to steam supply and steam condensate return piping, according to Healy, Bender and Associates, the district’s architect. 

“Based upon their experience with other renovation projects for public schools, we would recommend that the [board] accept the proposal,” David Patton of Healy, Bender and Associates, said in a letter to the district. 

Other board matters

The board also approved a bid from Vertiv Operating Co. for a bid of $96,514 for reams of copy paper; approved the repayment of a loan to the district’s transportation fund from the educational fund in the amount of $1 million; and approved the loan of $3 million from the educational fund to the transportation fund.

Gifts approved by the board Wednesday include 10 child-sized ball chairs for special education classrooms at Marycrest Early Childhood Center from Lockport Chiropractic and 10 Chromebooks for students at Washington Junior High and Academy by DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit corporation that organizes charities for classroom projects. 

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