Millville’s town park moved one step closer to completion on Tuesday, July 23, as the town council heard updated figures for the project from the contractor.
Representatives from the Whayland Company, along with consulting engineering firm George Miles & Buhr, presented a number that represents about $68,000 in savings to the total proposed project cost, which was estimated to be approximately $1.7 million.
The “value engineering” adjustments included siding on the two buildings to be constructed at the park, located off Dukes Lane, which would save more than $10,000. The buildings are being referred to as the “Hall” building and the “Recreation” building.
Other changes included bathroom fixtures, lighting choices, trim choices on the fronts of the buildings and paving choices.
The July 23 meeting continued from the council’s June workshop meeting a discussion between the Town, representatives from Whayland and Morgan Helfrich, representing the Town’s engineering consultant, George, Miles & Buhr, wherein the changes discussed were expected to save the Town $33,000. Helfrich pointed out that the new calculations show a savings of “pretty much double” that original figure.
At the June meeting, Helfrich had said the project should be completed in about nine months. On July 23, Council Vice President Steve Maneri said he is hoping to have “shovels in the ground” by September.
The next step toward bringing the park project to fruition is to draw up the formal contract with Whayland for the project and have Town Solicitor Seth Thompson review it — a process that will take several weeks, Helfrich said.
The Town purchased the 5-acre property in September of 2015, for $800,000. A key feature of the park will be maritime-themed play structures, in addition to a multi-age Challenge Course, bocce ball and pickleball courts, and a third-mile walking trail.
Due to the planned start of construction, the Town’s annual Great Pumpkin Festival won’t be held on the park grounds this year. The festival was held at the park site in 2018.
The original permit for construction of the park project expired in June. A new permit has been secured that expires in July 2020.
By Kerin Magill