POTTSTOWN PA – What were considered both extensive and expensive repairs to the hillside retaining wall and some support columns at the entrances of Pottsgrove Middle School on North Hanover Street are now not only completed but paid in full, following an approval granted last week (Feb. 14, 2012) by the Pottsgrove School District Board of School Directors.
Board members unanimously voted to pay the remaining $40,231 owed under an invoice from general contractor E.R. Stuebner Inc. The company’s work to rebuild the wall and support pilasters at the school, which is only 13 years old, was made necessary by water seepage behind its masonry that caused the blocks and mortar to crumble.
The total repair cost: $402,318.
Board members and district administrators acknowledge the wall and columns were poorly built, but claimed they could not pursue legal action against the original contractor. The original estimate of the project was for $381,000, but additional work required $21,318 in change orders.
Board Vice President Scott Fulmer was absent and did not vote.
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Feb. 14 meeting):