Third time the charm for park pavilion effort?
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.