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Council Rejects Bids To Improve Edgemont Park

But a new bid should be ready for approval by Oct. 2.


Once again, the Township Council has rejected bids for the completion of improvements at Edgemont Park because they exceeded the cost estimate of $800,000.

At Tuesday night's council meeting, Councilor Robin Schlager admitted she was disappointed with a process that's already been underway for years.

"But, to be fair, we want to do the right thing and get the right bid and the right contractor," she said.

Township Manager Marc Dashield said that, even though more bids have been rejected, he hopes to have another proposal ready for approval at the council meeting scheduled Oct. 2. 

"We are going to begin negotiations with the contractor in an attempt to provide a contract for the council to approve on Oct. 2 [the next council meeting]," he said.

The bids rejected by the council Tuesday night ranged from $965,261 to $1,263,011.

For years, former Councilor Cary Africk and others have been pushing for improvements to Edgemont Park that would include the dredging of the park's pond and the construction of a new retaining wall to replace the one there now that's currently crumbling.

In early 2010, Montclair received a Green Acres grant of $800,000 to make improvements to the park.

"From the beginning this project has been mishandled. Mistake after mistake has been made, going on for four years," Africk said recently. "A Green Acres grant is funding the project, and we’ve been unable to even spend other people's money!"

john clue September 19, 2012 at 02:19 PM
IF there is $800K in grants for the park, then why can't we use it instead of waiting? The TC doesn't like the bid however that $800K means the town really only has to pony up $200K or so. So, what am I missing? Did we already loose that money? If that happen what idiots, I say kindly, lost it?
Stuart Weissman September 19, 2012 at 03:25 PM
They should take the unnecessary pavers from South Park Street and use them to defray the materials cost for the retaining wall. This should get the bids in under 800K. :P
maisha September 19, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Can someone please tell me why taxes would be going up when clearly, the school system is going down?
tryintosurvive September 19, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I believe the situation is that all (or most) town employees salaries get increased every year due to what prior administrations have agreed to in union contracts. In addition other costs such as health care for town employees go up every year. The end result is that if we do nothing at all, our town expenses increase due to these factors.
Cary Africk October 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Update: The Town Council last year approved an Ordinance to dredge and repair the wall at Edgemont for $1MM, not the $800K Marc claims. It's in the Ordinance, for all to see. The 2011 Town Audit mentions in TEN places that the money for Edgemont is $1MM. NOT $800K. $500K has already been issued in short term notes. What, exactly, is going on, and why isn't the Council asking for an investiagtion?


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