The Scioto County Splash Park infrastructure is complete and ready for a spring opening. Before the design of the park can be completed, the Scioto County Commissioners want to have a multi-purpose building built.
On Tuesday, the commissioners did not act upon a measure that would put the construction of a multi-purpose building out to bid. Some of the things to be located inside the building will be a concession stand, restrooms and storage
Mike Crabtree, chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners, said the commissioners did not take action on the item because they were not comfortable with the engineers estimate of $190,000. The county was aiming to send $100,000 on the building.
“The engineers estimate for the concession stand came in a little more than what we expected, considerably more than what we expected,” Crabtree said. “We’ve not looked at the plans or anything yet, I don’t know what constitutes the increase. We have some questions on this that need cleared up.”
Scioto County Commissioner Bryan Davis said a $190,000 concession stand would be, “the Taj Mahal of concession stands.”
Crabtree, Davis and Scioto County Commissioner Cathy Coleman agreed the price was too high and they would work to find ways to lower the cost down.
The commissioners are proceeding with this project even though they could be faced with a $2 million reduction in taxes.
The federal government has given state officials a mandate to change the way it collects sales tax.
Local governments and state lawmakers are looking at ways to compensate for the loss or find a way to fill the gap. A solution has not been finalized, so the commissioners are moving forward with an abundance of caution.
“There will be a building built because we made a commitment, but with looming (budget) cuts in 2017, we’ve got to watch what we’re doing here,” Davis said.
The commissioners received $250,000 from the state in the capital improvement budget. In total, the project is anticipated to cost roughly $426,000.
It was decided earlier this year before the park would open it would be dedicated in the name of the late Scioto County Commissioner Doug Coleman. While in office, Coleman was an advocate for the construction of the park.
The commissioners said the infrastructure of the park is finished and the building is the only thing left to complete before the park is anticipated to open in the spring.
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