It’s been a while since we’ve reported on our progress in making Boulevard Woods a reality. But a lot has been happening behind the scenes, including these four developments.
1. Maintenance costs covered.
Thanks to efforts from Commissioners Kelly Girtz and Kathy Hoard, there is now support from the commission for ACC to cover the ongoing maintenance costs of Boulevard Woods.
This means that Boulevard Neighborhood Association, Inc. will not have to raise funds for ongoing maintenance of the park (which could have amounted to $4000 annually), and instead those expenses will be covered by the ACC General Fund.
2. $99,999 limit.
ACC has now suggested we limit the cost of Boulevard Woods to less than $100,000. Doing so will allow ACC to arrange to have the park built by a third party without triggering an expensive, time-consuming bidding process.
State law allows local governments to forgo a more elaborate bidding process for some public works projects that cost less than $100,000. If the project cost more, then the normal requirements would kick back in whether a third-party is involved or not.
This means we may have to make some changes to our original plans to reduce costs, but we’ll still be able to build able to build a safe, distinctive and graceful neighborhood park.
3. Athens Land Trust, Inc. offers more help.
ALT is willing to sign an agreement with ACC to lease the park site for a dollar for construction purposes. When construction is complete, ALT will turn the park back to ACC to maintain as a public park.
Boulevard Neighborhood Association, Inc. and its volunteers will have a role in helping ACC maintain the park, but having a professional, insured organization like ALT take on the responsibilities of overseeing the construction of the park is a big relief.
The construction of the park will be funded by money raised by the Boulevard Neighborhood Association, Inc. and held in an earmarked account at ALT. Thank you, Athens Land Trust!
4. $14,063 left to raise.
To pay for as much of our original plan as possible and yet remain under the $99,999 limit imposed by state law, we’ll need to raise $14,063 as of this writing. Had we still been aiming for our original target of $125,000, we’d be about $35,000 short. We’re so close now! Watch for the announcement of our final fundraising push soon, but if you can’t wait, you can contribute now right here.