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Scottdale rec board inquires about pavilion project

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Scottdale Parks and Recreation board members are wondering when the Scottdale Kiwanis organization will begin construction on a pavilion in Chestnut Street Park that was approved late last year.

At a recent meeting, board chairman Jim Pallygus, who also is a member of the Scottdale Kiwanis organization, said that the Kiwanis member who designed the original drawings for the structure had a few questions as to why Widmer Engineering had made changes.

“When Widmer looked over the drawings, they added a few more items. That is going to add cost to the project and the member, who is an engineer, wants to go back and see if we can use less materials than what they have stipulated,” Pallygus said.

Board member Duane Huffman said if Widmer Engineering added changes, it was probably because they were needed to bring the structure up to code.

“Is there really any way around that design,” he questioned.

Pallygus said he thinks they really need to get moving on the project.

“Our window is shrinking,” he said. “We only have so much time.”

In other business, members of council passed a motion to approve a project for Boy Scout Charles Echard to construct Bluebird houses along the Coal and Coke hike and bike trail pending borough council approval.

Echard plans to install at least six pairs of boxes along the trail. They will be cleaned each year and as needed after the brooding season with bleach by family and other organizations.

Borough Manager Angelo Pallone also reported to board members that the bids opened for infield material to fix the Loucks Park ball field were so spread out in price that members of borough council couldn't make a decision the night they hoped to approve the bid.

The low bid of $7,500 by Culp's Nursery in Connellsville was for about 50 tons of infield mix while the high bid of $27,850 for nearly 240 tons of infield mix.

“It raised red flags to have that big of a discrepancy from the low bid to the high bid, so council felt the solicitor should look over the bids and determine what would be the best thing to do,” Pallone said. “That puts us behind the eight-ball a little bit — it's a two-week delay in the decision — but hopefully the winning bidder can still meet the deadline.”

Board members also agreed to go forward with the borough Olympics that was first initiated last year.

Pallone said they were hoping to get an idea of members of the board wanted to do it again this year so that they could get the ball rolling and have time to advertise the event within the different schools this year before the school year is over.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.