Bond process begun for park

BROADALBIN – Officials have begun the bond process to build the proposed Town Park.

According to Supervisor Tom Christopher, the Town Board voted July 8 to move forward with a bond to borrow money to construct the proposed town park.

“To do it correctly, we have to wait 30 days for a permit [of referendum],” Christopher said.

During those 30 days, Christopher said, individuals can – with a petition – request the bond be voted on by the public. Christopher said last week that he had not heard about anyone seeking a referendum.

“[There have been] very few negative comments on the park since I went into office,” he said.

Christopher said once the 30 days have passed, the board will seek a bond and put the project out to bid.

The exact cost of the bond is not known yet, due to the cost of a bond changing minimally every day, he said.

In December, the state announced the town would receive a $500,000 grant for the park project.

At the time, town officials said the site was shovel-ready and work on the park could start in the spring. Officials previously said about $115,000 also had been generated for the park through fundraisers. Officials previously said the town’s youth commission would continue to raise money to pay for the park project, which could cost up to $1 million.

The park is expected to have two soccer fields, two baseball fields and a playground area, access roads and parking.

Travis Mitchell of Environmental Design did the engineering work for the park project, saving the Broadalbin Youth Commission – which has been raising funds for the project – $100,000 to $200,000.

According to commission member Keith Buchanan, the town will apply for the bond, but the youth commission will pay for the construction.

Buchanan said the commission is still raising funds for the park. The third annual Junk-in-the Trunk Flea Market scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. People can buy a parking spot for $25 at the Broadalbin-Perth High School and sell items from the back of their vehicle. All fees go to the commission.

Buchanan said the commission plans to sell advertising space on the roadside near Route 29 for the park.

He expects work to begin on the new park as soon as possible.

“We are hoping, we would like to start moving dirt this fall,” Buchanan said.