Af­ter three tries, park pavil­ion bids still too high

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

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.

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