Listen to Engineer

Oct 30, 2019

To the Editor:

So far I have attended three of the four town hall meetings to discuss the upcoming referendum to rehab and update the LBI School building in the amount of $7.6 million on Dec.10. Listening to the public comments and questions, the biggest complaint seems to be the engineer’s report on the structural repairs, which happens to be the highest ticket item, at $3 million.

The engineer the LBI Consolidated Board of Education hired for this project is Frank Little of the firm Owen, Little and Associates. The conclusion of his detailed report was the building was not in danger of collapse and could be rehabbed and saved. Mr. Little is the same engineer on record employed by all five municipalities on the Island. That’s a first. The five municipalities on this Island have never agreed on anything. So I think the board of education has the right engineer to head this project, and we should listen to what he has to say.

I ask one question: Did you repair your house after Superstorm Sandy? Of course you did. Well, this building is the house where our children are being educated, and we need to fix it now.

Nancy Henderson

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