Public Improvement Building Committee (PIBC) meeting 9\/14 The city\u2019s most recent Public Improvement Building Committee (PIBC) meeting revealed that parents of students who attend some of the local elementary schools are fed up with how long it is taking for repairs and modifications to be made to their children\u2019s buildings. The public portion of the meeting got pretty heated as Jessica Sciamanna, a parent of students who attend Long Hill Elementary, looked to find out who and what was responsible for the delay on the school\u2019s improvements \u201cI have been to all of the meetings that I have had to go to,\u201d said Sciamanna. \u201cHow many security meetings have you seen me at? How many Board of Aldermen meetings have you seen me at? I\u2019ve even had conversations with the mayor. I\u2019ve gone to his office personally \u2014 the bottom line is nothing gets done. As a parent and as a taxpayer and as a mother who is concerned about the safety of her children at Long Hill School, what do I need to do?\u201d Mark Holden, chairman of Shelton\u2019s Board of Education, wasn\u2019t at the meeting but later said the entire Board of Education is aware of the severity of the issues that are outstanding and it shares the same goal of wanting to fix them as soon as possible. Motion for a special meeting among B.o.E Bernie Simons, PIBC chairman, suggested a motion among the committee to put a request in to the Board of Education to hold a special meeting to \u201cget the show on the road.\u201d The committee discussed what aspects of the projects could be done while the children are in school. \u201cSomehow there has to be some sense of urgency that we have to get this thing finished,\u201d said Simons. \u201cOur committee has done this project twice now and we\u2019ve called many special meetings to get this thing pushed through.\u201d How can work be done with students in school? Jimmy Orazietti, former chairman of the committee and current member, assured parents that the students being in session at Long Hill had already been something the committee had figured into their plans to begin work on the schools in question. \u201cWe talked about that with the contractor,\u201d said Orazietti. \u201cBecause we have to move fairly quickly, you can\u2019t do the work while there\u2019s snow on the roof. The contractors, we already had it set up with them that they would work weekends and after school. If you think that we haven\u2019t discussed this, we have.\u201d Transformation period Orazietti suggested that the \u201ctransformation period\u201d regarding former operations director and current member on the committee Bill Banfe could be a factor in why the process on these projects is being prolonged. \u201cNow that we\u2019re in the middle of transformation, I can see how things get dropped,\u201d said Orazietti. He also added that parents should place more pressure on the state. Banfe left his position of operations director five years ago, but the committee still praises all of the work he has done on various building projects in the city over the years. Banfe tries to clear the air Banfe interjected during the heated discussion, clarifying some of the details that potentially have been slowing up the three separate projects to the local elementary schools. \u201cA key ingredient in all of this whether it was Sunny or myself, was communication with the school facilities unit. That\u2019s not part of the process that is written down somewhere, but it\u2019s part of the process to make sure every \u2018i\u2019 was dotted and every \u2018t\u2019 is crossed.\u201d He added that Long Hill needing a roof could be a factor in speeding up the pace of the process. \u201cI shouldn\u2019t say that it could be quicker, but it could be. A roof doesn\u2019t carry all of the change orders and all of the decisions that have to be made. Fire marshal's examinations of the plans for a renovation of a school are endless. The roof is much different.\u201d Project in good hands Banfe said he is very confident in the contractor the schools have dealt with in the past and are planning on using for these upcoming projects. \u201cWe\u2019ve had him twice in the past and if anyone can get the job done in this amount of time, I think he\u2019s one of the contractors that can,\u201d said Banfe. The state didn\u2019t approve a grant for the projects to begin until last Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Board of Aldermen meeting. \u201cThe bottom line is we are not here to find the cheapest deal, we are here to find the best deal. The fact is, good isn\u2019t cheap and cheap isn\u2019t good,\u201d said Simons. Air quality at Sunnyside Elementary was also an issue that was brought up towards the end of the meeting, but nothing has yet to have been proven. According to a PTO member who was in attendance of the meeting, \u201cpeople are getting concerned.\u201d B.o.E meeting 9\/23 More details are to come on all aspects of this story following the upcoming Board of Education meeting, which will take place on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.