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Rec board members anxiously awaiting construction of pavilion

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By Rachel Basinger
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 12:01 a.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.

Board chairman Jim Pallygus, who is also 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 are 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.

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

The board also recently approved a request by local Boy Scout Charles Echard to construct bluebird houses along the Coal and Coke hiking trail, pending approval from borough council.

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

Borough Manager Angelo Pallone told the board bids were opened for infield material to fix the Loucks Park ball field. He said they were so spread out in price that council couldn't make a decision.

The low bid of $7,500 was for about 50 tons of infield mix while the high bid of $27,850 was 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 initiated last year.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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