The original cost estimate for the South Park Street project was in error. That estimate of $750,000 was contradicted by statements of people with knowledge of the design who said that the project never could be completed for less than $1 million.
Indeed, this project was around before the current Town Manager, Marc Dashield. The manager then, Joe Hartnett, stated flat out that the $750,000 number couldn’t be supported.
Yet we insisted on having the Council approve that number.
After the project went out to bid, and the bids came in, it was clear that the skeptics were right. And a higher amount of $1 million was approved.
So why are we know seeking yet another increase, of $90,000?
Simple. We added:
- engineering supervision
- police traffic control
- remediation for an unknown fuel tank
Anticipating that people would show concern, a “plan” was put on the table to cover that $90K in costs. That plan would have us not install benches. Sort of like leaving out wings to save money on building an airplane. And no trash receptacles. And cutting out the bricks on 1 of the 4 curb cut outs.
And when we go to put in the benches six months down the road it will cost more, and damage the existing, completed work.
Leaving those things out would be a monument to foolishness.
South Park is an easy target. Rather than face the real challenges to the town some want to fool us into an emotional discussion of South Park. Can’t solve the REAL problems with redevelopment? Make an issue of South Park!
It’s politics, folks. Some people wanting to look good in front of the voters by saying “I’m watching the purse.”
Don’t be fooled.
There is no “slippery slope.” There is no “mountain” of increasing costs.