Town could lose $100K pav­il­ion grant

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

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.”

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