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McDermaid, B&B chosen for work at middle school
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MONROE - Plans for the clock tower restoration and the roof replacement at Monroe Middle School are one step closer to becoming reality.

The School District of Monroe's Finance Committee voted unanimously Monday to approve a $157,000 bid from B&B Quality Building Restoration of Wisconsin, Fitchburg, for the clock tower project and a $60,800 bid for a section of new roof at the middle school from McDermaid Roofing and Insulation Co., Rockford, Illinois.

The two projects were targeted as part of the district's three-year referendum voters approved in November 2016. As a result, the school district's budget increased

$1.5 million per year for operating costs, as well as $460,000 each year for maintenance and safety projects.

Monroe Business Administrator Ron Olson said after the clock tower restoration and middle school roof projects are completed this summer, the district has about $130,000 left to use from the referendum money.

Rich Zentner, the district's director of building and grounds, along with Tom Gernetzke of Building Envelope Professionals Group LLC, Oregon, received two bids on the clock tower restoration. The second bid came from STATZ Restoration & Engineering of Menominee Falls. Zentner recommended B&B, the lower cost of the two.

Zentner said the clock tower restoration project involves the stripping of paint off all metal surfaces, power washing the stucco, replacing torn metal and three entry doors and working on masonry just below the tower and adjacent to the performing arts center. It will be repainted with up to three color choices.

There were three bids received on the middle school roof project; McDermaid was the lowest one.

The district also plans to replace the asphalt playground at the middle school at an estimated $100,000. However, Zentner said he has not sent the project out for bidding yet.