Action on Penfield Pavilion repair plans hits another delay
The sands under the Penfield Building Committee have shifted once again.
A resolution to act on the committee's request for $4.9 million to rebuild and reopen the pavilion was listed on the Board of Selectmen's Oct. 1 agenda, with the idea that it would be voted on by the selectmen, Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting this month.
Instead, those votes won't take place until at least November.
The pavilion has been closed following damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
"While the building committee portion of the presentation is complete, we have more work to do on the financial analysis, especially on confirming as many details as possible on the FEMA cost reimbursement," Tetreau's email states.
He said the analysis will be "comprehensive with a look at initial costs as well as future operating costs and contributions." Tetreau said that analysis will be a focal point of discussions and decision making.
The town has received a $1.75 million insurance settlement for the storm damage, as well as a $500,000 state grant to be used toward rebuilding the pavilion. It is also applying for 75 percent reimbursement of eligible costs from FEMA for hazard mitigation and raising the building. Tetreau has estimated the town would likely have to foot between $1.5 and $2 million of the project's cost.
"We want this to be as complete as possible," he said. "These cost reimbursements are a critical part of the analysis. They provide a means for reducing the rebuilding costs to the town by several million dollars."
Tetreau said his goal to make sure the right decision for the community is made and for everyone to be as fully informed as possible. " We are making a decision that will impact our town for years ahead."
The first selectman said he wants the resolution on the selectmen's agenda for the Nov. 5 meeting so that it could potentially be on the November RTM agenda.
Tetreau also suggested that the building committee be put on the RTM's agenda this month in order to provide a report on its recommendation to the legislative body to "allow for a more thorough understanding of the recommendation."
The building committee has been planning to complete the repair project in time to open the pavilion for the 2015 season, but Chairman James Bradley said Wednesday the delay in presenting the options to other town boards will affect that.
"The construction manager has always assumed eight months of actual construction as an estimated project schedule," Bradley said. "The actual schedule will be impacted by start date, weather, site conditions, hidden damage and final approved option."
He said that at this time, in a best case scenario, construction would start mid-December. If all went smoothly, that would mean finishing in mid-August.
"The key issue is approval to proceed in December because, no matter what, a December start allows almost all major disruptive construction to be complete and out of the way for summer use and enjoyment of the beach areas" Bradley said.