BOROUGH COUNCIL Skate park project is beginning to roll
The project is almost $5,000 over budget.
WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- Mercer County's first skate park should be open this fall.
West Middlesex Borough Council will meet in special session at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to award a contract for construction of the tennis court-size facility on borough land off Walnut Street adjacent to the public swimming pool and Little League baseball field.
The borough isn't paying for the park.
Melissa Koch, recreation specialist for the Mercer County Regional Council of Governments, said her agency helped secure a $40,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and another $20,000 from the state Department of Community and Economic Development to finance the work.
There's only one problem. The project is nearly $5,000 over budget at this point, she said.
There's only $60,000 available, but the equipment going into the park cost $34,521. The low bid to prepare the site and install the equipment is $30,165.
That's the cost proposed by Anderson Construction Co. of Greenville. The only other bid for the work came in at $48,710 from Clear Water Construction of Mercer, Koch said.
Borough council will discuss the situation before awarding the construction and installation contract, she said.
The borough will own and operate the skate park.
A number of Mercer County municipalities have been approached about building skate parks for their young people, and Stoneboro is in the process of securing funds for one.
The West Middlesex park is the dream of Chad Saylor and some of his friends who launched a petition-signing drive to win support for the creation of the facility.
The 16-year-old West Middlesex High School junior said about 80 percent of the town's 1,000 residents signed the petition and borough council agreed to back the plan.