Plum School Board approves revised agreement with Russo
Russo Construction Services is getting more money to manage the new Holiday Park Elementary School construction project.
The Plum School Board at last week's meeting voted unanimously to approve a revised agreement with Russo Construction Services of Plum that pays the company owned by Dennis Russo, the district's construction representative, an additional $63,000 for managing construction of the new Holiday Park Elementary School, a two-story, 75,000-square-foot building.
The company will receive the money over a 14-month period — from Dec. 1 through February 2015 — according to the board motion.
Prior to the board's approval of the additional amount, the district was paying Russo Construction Services $9,800 a month to manage the project.
The additional money boosts the monthly payment to $14,300.
Russo told board members during a facilities-committee meeting earlier this month that he needs the additional money because he will be taking on more management duties.
Russo said the duties stem from the project going to multiple prime contractors, as the district was directed by the Pennsylvania School Code, rather than with one prime contractor.
Russo said the prime or general contractor on the Pivik Elementary School project — Nello Construction of Canonsburg — managed the other contractors and performed clerical duties associated with the job.
Board members in November voted to approve four contracts totaling nearly $15.2 million for general construction; plumbing and fire protection; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; and electrical work.
Russo said he will be required to do the work, and he needs to hire a couple of employees to assist him.
Former Plum School Board President Andrew Drake, who last month lost his bid for re-election, prior to the board's vote last week urged members to vote to approve the increase for Russo Construction Services.
“The district carries the risk,” Drake said. “There is no Nello Construction (the prime contractor on the Pivik Elementary School project) to manage issues among contractors.”
Board member Michelle Stepnick asked for a breakdown of how the company will spend the additional money.
District officials said they would provide a list to all board members.
Russo's company also is managing the $70 million elementary center construction project in the Penn Hills School District.
Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Apple Hill Playhouse takes on an updated ‘Snow White’
- Kittanning’s Keibler, Freeport’s Kelley named Leader Times Baseball, Softball Players of the Year
- Daily Courier roundup: Connellsville all-stars advance
- Springdale counters despair with ‘HOPE’
- Woman shot at Kennywood Park in ‘freak accident’
- McKeesport-raised golfer maintains pro dream in Arizona
- Don’t remove history’s lessons
- Pirates get journeyman Ishikawa off waivers; outfielder Marte injured
- PennDOT team decides what spells trouble on vehicle license plates
- Wildfires break out in Spain, Portugal
- Alle-Kiski farmers: Crops weather heavy rain