FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2017
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Community Meeting Called for Monday, May 1 to Discuss CGM Pool Bids
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth has called for a community meeting on Monday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, 500 Leonard Blvd, New Hyde Park, to discuss possible strategies for the pool renovation, after recent bids for the project came in significantly higher than originally expected, at around $19 million leaving total project costs at approximately $23 million. The Town had received preliminary estimates for the project at about $14 million. According to Public Works Commissioner Paul DiMaria, PE, the bids received for the Clinton G. Martin Park Pool Project were much higher than expected. This trend has been seen in very recent months by other municipalities, including Suffolk County Community College on a similar type project.
“It would seem that the construction field is currently in an inflationary cycle,” said Commissioner DiMaria.
“We are extremely disappointed and shocked at the bids,” said Town Supervisor Bosworth. “I have called this community meeting so that we can discuss our options, and to also give the community an opportunity to join in the discussion. This project has been a model of community participation from the beginning and we will continue on that path. I am sure a satisfactory resolution will be found.”
The Clinton G. Martin Pool is part of the New Hyde Park Special Park District. The pool was constructed over 50 years ago and has exceeded its useful life. It was last renovated in the 1980’s.
Both Town and contracted engineers have confirmed that the pool needs major renovations to operate and that the existing pools’ mechanics can no longer be maintained.
“A tremendous effort has been made by our Town’s pool staff to keep this pool running over the past 10 years,” said the Supervisor, “but the time for Band-Aid solutions is long gone and the pool needs major work.”
Last year the Town held two community meetings and mailed out a survey to all 12,877 park district properties in order to gauge the community’s opinion on what should be done with the pool. The majority of the residents were in favor of renovating the pool.
The Town will be exploring options to reduce costs, which would require the pool closing for two summers, and new revenue opportunities that would reduce the tax impact of the pool project. The options will be discussed with the community at the public meeting on May 1.
For more information about the community meeting, call 311.