After three tries, park pavilion bids still too high
For the third time in 15 months, bids to construct a pavilion at Thomas Thompson-Sally Mazzarella Park didn’t come in low enough to meet the project’s budget.
At a Town Board meeting Monday, town officials saying the lowest of three bids came in at $622,000, significantly higher than the project’s $550,000 budget.
“The only (option) left at this point, if there’s a desire to move ahead on the project, is to go out with another (request for proposals) with some of the recommendations that have come in to cut costs,” Mazzarella said.
In August 2015, the lowest of three bids come in came in at $700,800 for a pavilion that was initially proposed to have 1,835 square feet of floor space and 4,150 square feet of roof area. It was revised to have 674 square feet of floor space and 2,500 square feet of roof area earlier this year, but in August the lowest of two bids were $682,740 and $761,381.
Bids were sought for a third time after the project was again downsized, limiting the scope of electrical connections to other facilities in the park.
Town officials have said $510,000 in grants and donations have been dedicated toward the pavilion project and another $40,000 in funding is being sought from Hudson River Valley Greenway. They are also looking into whether $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding from Dutchess County will still be available after the end of the year.
“The first thing I should do is sit down with the county to find out if that money will be in place,” Mazzarella said.
Town official began working on the plans for the park in 2002 after purchasing the 99.52acre site from the Rhineson estate for $999,000. A 17.57-acre section of the property was sold to Dr. Antonio Parisi for $200,650, while the town and village each paid $224,625 for the remaining 71.95-acre section, financing the purchase through bonds, a $50,000 pledge from the Dyson Foundation, and the $300,000 grant from Dutchess County.
However, the ownership of the property was not finalized for more than four years because county funding was delayed by procedural errors, including the town’s failure to provide an opportunity for a permissive referendum. There have also been disputes over the type of athletic fields that should be constructed, when facilities should be built, and an ongoing disagreement between town and village officials about the installation of water meters.