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Board approves changes to 4 projects

The Pueblo County District 70 school board on Tuesday night approved spending a little more than $115,000 for changes to four bond projects.

The largest of the changes was $44,000 to Black Hills Energy for the relocation of the electrical meter from the Pueblo County High School stadium to the meter that serves the school.

Currently, the stadium and school are served by separate meters.

Ryan Elarton, director of business services, said the relocation of the meter will result in higher costs now but will save the district money after about two years.

The district currently pays a high demand cost to use the football lights on a separate meter. By hooking into the school’s meter, the district will pay for only the electricity used while the lights are on, according to Monte Montez, construction manager for the district bond projects.

In a related change, the district will pay $34,000 to Adams Electric to run the lines from the existing stadium meter to the school meter.

The board also approved spending $25,325 to T.L. Printz Constructors for changes related to the installation of doors and frames at North Mesa, South Mesa and Vineland elementary schools.

Montez said the change was prompted after the subcontractor originally selected for the project pulled out.

The final change order approved was for $12,300 to HGF Architects for additional work related to low-voltage design, which includes such items as phone lines and cable.

The design was not part of the original project.

Elarton said the changes will come from budgeted contingencies and will not affect the overall bond budget.

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