The Hamburg City Council voted last week the move of $49,305 from the city’s capital improvement monies to supplement the funding for construction of Norman Park, but the mayor said future funds will be needed.
The total cost for Norman Park’s removations, including change orders, was $2,024,081, but that total did not include lighting the walking trail or lights on two of the baseball fields.
The bond money the city took out — backed by a half-cent sales tax voters passed in 2017 — was $2,013, 381, leaving the city $10,700 shy of the costs.
“So we were $10,000 short, but on a $2 million bid I think that’s pretty good,” Mayor Dane Weindorf said.
Weindorf said that another change order to add lime to an area of the parking lot that doesn’t have rock added another $119,000. However, the city was issued a $48,000 credit because the rock was not put down, making the total of the new change order $79, 214. Weindorf said that a combination of the rock credit and other changes left the balance at $49,305.
The council approved that the mayor transfer $49,305.00 from capital improvement to finish the project.
Weindorf said the capital improvement fund was currently at $1.62 million before the amounts voted Tuesday night were deducted.
Councilman Mike Sanderlin questioned the changes made on the plans to the park and asked what had been removed from the original plans.
Weindorf said that the only change was a small parking lot, which was deducted before construction started.
“If you’ve been over there lately, it’s really coming together,” Weindorf said.
“We are going to start out with two new pavilions, two big pieces of playground of equipment, brand new restrooms — which will give us five in the park — a sewer system for the baseball facility and concession stand, and two new ball fields, one for tee ball and one for softball.”
The mayor said that the city still needed funds to light the new part of the walking trail and add lights to two of the baseball fields.
One of the council members asked if the mayor thought there was going to be an ongoing request for funds to be used at Norman Park.
“Hopefully, I wanted to get this over with and let’s see where we are,” Weindorf said. “There are matching grants from the state that might be enough to finish up the park in two or three years.”