Third time the charm for park pav­il­ion ef­fort?

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

The Town Board will make a third ef­fort to build a pav­il­ion at Thomas Thompson-Sally Maz­zarella Park.

The board will seek bids un­der guide­lines that are in­tended to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive ways to keep the cost of the project to $550,000.

The project was dis­cussed at a meet­ing Mon­day at which ar­chi­tect Frank Maz­zarella said ef­forts will be made to con­struct the build­ing us­ing do­nated ma­te­ri­als and la­bor. “We’ll be look­ing for some re­lief ... through a sole pro­pri­etor or a com­pany where [for] the peo­ple work­ing on site, [fair­mar­ket] wage no longer ap­plies,” he said.

“There are also a few things we’re go­ing to be do­ing to the de­sign to re­duce the cost of con­struc­tion,” Maz­zarella said.

“Some of (the changes) would have to (do) with chang­ing (ma­te­ri­als) and some of the stuff hav­ing to do with the elec­tri­cal,” he said. “The elec­tri­cal that was in the orig­i­nal pro­posal was for be­ing able to hook up the lights for the ball fields and ... who knows when that fund­ing is go­ing to be avail­able to even in­stall those lights. So maybe we’ll be down­siz­ing that a lit­tle bit with the trans­former and elec­tri­cal boxes.”

Town of­fi­cials said there has been $510,000 in grants and do­na­tions ded­i­cated to the pav­il­ion and an­other $40,000 is be­ing sought from Hud­son River Val­ley Green­way.

“We hope we can shave enough to make it within our bud­get ... [and] the fund­ing that we have avail­able,” Maz­zarella said.

The town has been seek­ing to have the pav­il­ion con­structed for more than a year af­ter the low­est among three bids came in at $700,800 with­out fac­tor­ing in al­ter­na­tives that would have raised the price. The project ini­tially was pro­posed to have 1,835 square feet of floor space and 4,150 square feet of roof area, but was re­vised to 674 square feet of floor space and 2,500 square feet of roof area.

Maz­zarella said a sec­ond bid open­ing in Au­gust yielded two pro­pos­als that still were over bud­get at $682,740 and $761,381.

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