Town of Ledyard Announcement
HVAC Upgrade - Juliet W. Long School and
Various School Improvement Projects
Special Town Meeting – October 10, 2023
Referendum – October 17, 2023
A Special Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 741 Colonel Ledyard Highway, to consider a Resolution adopted by the Town Council on September 13, 2023, to increase a borrowing authorization for various school improvement projects. This Special Town Meeting will Adjourn to Referendum on the voting machines at the Town Hall Annex Building, 741 Colonel Ledyard Highway, on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to vote on the following question:
“SHALL THE TOWN OF LEDYARD APPROPRIATE AN ADDITIONAL $1,825,000 (INCREASING THE APPROPRIATION AND BORROWING AUTHORIZATION TO AN AGGREGATE $8,550,000) FOR VARIOUS SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS AND NOTES IN THE SAME AMOUNT TO FINANCE THE APPROPRIATION?”
At the February 22, 2022 Referendum the townspeople approved a “Resolution Appropriating and Authorizing the Issuance of Bonds in the amount of $6,725,000 for Various School Improvement Projects”.
The $6,725,000 authorization included the following Board of Education Projects: the replacement of the roofs at the Central Office, Gales Ferry School, and Juliet W. Long School; the installation of solar equipment at Gales Ferry School and Juliet W. Long School; upgrades to the Building Management Systems (BMS) at Gales Ferry School; and electrical and HVAC upgrades at Juliet W. Long School, which was originally designed as a split system.
To meet the State’s requirements to receive Grant Funding for the Juliet W. Long School HVAC upgrades the system had to be redesigned as a full air conditioning system with outdoor CO2 monitoring, outdoor intake, and a Building Maintenance System (BMS) which was the same type of system that was installed at the Gallup Hill School and Middle School.
Because the new HVAC design for the Juliet W. Long School would cost $1,825,000 more than the amount that was included in the original $6,725,000 authorization (previously approved in 2022); the Funding Authorization needs to be increased to include an additional/supplemental authorization in the amount of $1,825,000 bringing the total funding authorization to $8,550,000 to pay for all of these School(s) Improvement Projects.
The reason this request to increase the Bond Authorization has come forward quickly was because the State notified Municipalities that they would reopen the Grant Application Process for the redesigned HVAC Systems. The Grant Application Process is typically open for a 30–60-day period and there is a significant amount of work that needed to be completed in order to submit the Grant Application.
The town expects to receive Grant Reimbursement from the State in the amount of 62% of the $8,550,000 total project(s) cost. To reapply for the Juliet W. Long HVAC system the Town is required to obtain the townspeople authorization to bond the full amount of the project(s) cost. The town’s share of the additional 1,825,000 for the redesigned HVAC system for the Juliet W. Long School would be about $400,000.
Please join us at the “Special Town Meeting” in person (Town Hall Annex) or via zoom on Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30 pm to learn more about this project at: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88456705171?pwd=cU1lZkRJemphdkprZmI4YkE3YnJCUT09; or by audio only telephone: +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 884 5670 5171; Passcode: 642895
For a full list of documents pertaining to the project please click the following link:
TOWN OF LEDYARD - File #: 23-1951 (legistar.com)
For Absentee Ballet Information please lick the following link:
News & Announcements • Ledyard • CivicEngage (ledyardct.org)
Click here for a copy of the Legal Notice.