Village Engineer Christopher Rutishauser and Director of Parks and Recreation Timothy Cronin shared the responsibility of relaying very bad news to Village Council members during Wednesday evening’s Village Council Work Session.
And the bad news was that construction costs for rest room facilities within the Kasschau Memorial Shell, located on Vets Field, are now estimated at $300,100.
As you might expect, there was not one Council member who was happy about receiving that news.
Councilwoman Anne Zusy demanded a line by line breakdown of the proposed construction costs. And Deputy Mayor Keith D. Killion vowed to visit the proposed $300K facility daily in his bathrobe and slippers so he could get his money’s worth.
Cronin also revealed that the $300K construction bid exceeds money set aside for the project by almost $60K.
Council members agreed to sit on the proposal (no pun intended) until such time that Village CFO Dorothy Stikna can advise them how the gap in funding could be resolved.
In the interim, if anyone has ideas on how taxpayers could avoid spending $75K per toilet, please contact Mr. Killion or Ms. Zusy directly.
P.S.: The County of Bergen reportedly spent just over $250K on new rest room facilities at the Ridgewood Duck Pond, and close to $600K for a similar facility at the Glen Rock Duck Pond.