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GREENFIELD — More numbers are needed to determine how much the long-anticipated new storage building for the Greenfield Parks Department will cost, officials say.

The Greenfield Board of Works Wednesday tabled awarding a contract to the lowest bidder for the project. Since the quote of $75,161 would only pay for a new pole barn and not electrical and plumbing, members said they wanted to see what the total cost of the structure would be to the city.

“We just need those numbers for our own comfort,” Mayor Dick Pasco said.

Members agreed the structure should be built. It would replace a 50-year-old garage that has been deemed too small and run down to protect equipment from the elements.

Pasco said the $75,161 bid for just the 60-by-80-foot pole building seems high. Plans call for two restrooms and an office space as well, plus heating and cooling and fencing. But those items were not included in the cost.

Jim McWhinney, maintenance foreman, said the parks department could work with other city departments to complete utility installation in-house.

“We know that the water department will help us get the water in. The sewer department would help us do that. We don’t have a lot of those issues,” McWhinney said. “We know some of it will have to be professionally done.”

But just how much will be done in-house and whether additional contractors should be hired is still in question.

The parks department had expected the project to cost about $70,000 in total. Officials had planned to use $30,000 out of riverboat gambling funds, and the remainder would come from donations given to the department over the years.

McWhinney said even if the $75,161 bid seems high, it was competitive compared to the other bids that came in. He plans to get more figures together by the time the board meets next to better outline additional costs for the project.

Ultimately, if an additional appropriation is needed, the project would also have to go before the Greenfield City Council.

The storage building will be on 2.61 acres of new property in the back of the park, which was purchased from donations to Center Township earmarked for recreational purposes.

Since the area is in a flood plain, the new building will be raised three feet. In November, the parks department received approval from the Greenfield Board of Zoning Appeals to build in the flood plain.

The structure, which has been a wish-list item for the parks department for years, will house department vehicles and snow plows that are currently left outside.

Board member Dan Reigelsperger said after the meeting that while the board members asked plenty of questions about the cost of the project, they agreed it should be built. It may be costly now, he said, but the garage could eventually save in equipment costs.

“They’ve got stuff that they use during the spring and summer, devices and vehicles, mechanicals, that sit outside and that deteriorates them very quickly,” Reigelsperger said. “Next thing you know, you have to appropriate more money for more devices.”

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