Town could lose $100K pavilion grant
RHINEBECK >> The Town Board has agreed to accept a Greenway grant of $4,000 to help fund a pavilion at Thompson-Mazzarella Park but is close to losing $100,000 in Community Development Black Grant funding because bids for the project have been over budget.
At a board meeting Monday, town Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia said Dutchess County is expected to rescind the $100,000 federal grant because project organizers have missed too many deadlines.
“We have been given three extensions on it and this extension runs out on the last day of December, and the construction should have been completed by then,” she said.
“It’s a (U.S. Housing and Urban Development) grant from the CDBG and the (county) Office of Planning, the department that administers these grants, said ‘That’s it, you’re not getting another extension,’” Spinzia said. “So if we’ve lost that grant, we’ve lost the majority of our funding.”
Officials earlier this month said the lowest of three bids came in at $622,000 for a pavilion project budgeted at $530,000.
“We will have to go out to bid again if we want to do it,” Spinzia said. “The status is that it’s not happening now, and we don’t know if we’re going to redesign, buy something off the rack, or go out to bid again with an amended bid.”
This was the third time bids for the project exceeded estimates. Officials in August 2015 saw the lowest of three bids come in at $700,800 for a structure that was initially proposed to contain 1,835 square feet of floor space and 4,150 square feet of roof area. The site plan was revised
to contain 674 square feet of floor space and 2,500 square feet of roof area earlier this year but in August, the lowest two bids amounted to $682,740 and $761,381.
Architectural plans have been drawn by Frank Mazzarella, son of the park’s namesake, Sally Mazzarella.
Spinzia noted that the $100,000 was intended to cover construction of rest rooms that would be compliant with federal Americans with Disability Act requirements for accessibility.
“Maybe we need something more modest,” she said. “Maybe we’re at a place in this journey where we say we’ve got to look at this and maybe go in another direction.”