New Aurelia trail and bus bid approved

Friday, February 22, 2019
The new walking trail in Aurelia, planned for construction this summer, will connect school property to the First United Methodist Church (highlighted in the box.)

The Alta-Aurelia School Board has approved previous requests from Aurelia Kiwanis for funding to plan a summer trail project.

Aurelia Kiwanis previously presented a funding request to cover the portion that runs on school property behind Aurelia Middle School as the trail is changed from gravel to concrete.

In addition to applying for the Cherokee Foundation Grant, Kiwanis have received a $13,500 pledge from Aurelia Municipal Electric Board and $10,000 from Aurelia City Council. The total project cost is scheduled to cost about $50,000.

The four-foot-wide, four-inch-thick portion on school property will cut through practice fields and lead to the Methodist Church. Kiwanis have decided to go with concrete over asphalt for durability and easier maintenance.

Kiwanis approached the Alta-Aurelia School Board Tuesday for $7,500 in assistance for a 350-foot area close to the school, as the sidewalk would go to the edge of school property on Ash Street.

The Board approved the request on Monday, contingent on the projectís successful completion.

A new handicap bus bid was also approved for a cost of $95,547 after trade-in. The district is purchasing a 2020, 52-passenger Thomas lift bus with handicap accessibility and versatility for more passengers. They will receive $750 for their trade-in bus.

Their busses can age quickly, as they accrue 15,000-18,000 miles per year.

The purchase will likely be taken out of the schoolís Physical Plant and Equipment Levy fund, which is at the center of a question being put to the ballot in April.

The new structure to fund the 67-cent per $1,000 valuation levy would be a mix of income surtax as well as property tax, as opposed to the current levy funded solely by property tax. The new structure, if approved, would affect renters as well as property owners.

The high school boiler is another piece of equipment that the school may need to fund with PPEL money soon. With one of the two boilers suffering a backfire, the cost of repair is nearly the same as the cost to replace with a more energy efficient system.

The Board decided to go with a 400,000 BTU boiler.