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Snafu Delays Tennis Court Renovations

Renovations to the tennis courts at the Lewisboro Town Park and Fox Valley Park will have to be delayed and work probably won’t begin until later this fall due to a bidding snafu.

“We put [the project] out for bid but then we realized that we hadn’t really addressed the issue of the fencing,” said Supervisor Charlie Duffy. “We talked to the vendors about it, but now we have to rebid.”

The initial bid request for the project, estimated to cost between $130,000 and $160,000, went out in April. The work will include fence repair and refurbishing of the courts’ surfaces. Duffy said that Fox Valley Park courts are in the worse condition. The Onatru courts are still in good shape are not part of the renovations.

“We will have the new bid packages ready in five to six weeks,” Duffy said. “We’d like to have the work done by the fall because the conditions are unsafe and there are concerns about the school teams even being able to play on them.”

The town tennis teams use the courts as well. The town borrowed the money for the project in 2008 when it took out an $800,000 bond anticipation note (BAN). Of that note, $200,000 was allocated for radio systems for town vehicles, such as highway trucks and emergency vehicles, $350,000 was for road repairs, and $300,000 was designated for the tennis courts project.

The bond had a one-year maturity rate. So, in 2009, the Town Board decided not to spend the entire $300,000 that was set aside for the tennis courts’ makeover due to the worsening economic climate.

“Of that $300,000, $200,000 was paid back, leaving $100,000 still available for the tennis courts,” Duffy said. “We are now putting that to work.” Duffy said that this time around the project would just include refurbishing the courts, rather than major renovations, which would have called for digging up the old asphalt.

To make up the $30,000 to $60,000 balance that’s likely to be needed for the project, the town will use money from the $2,000 a month it receives in fees from the cell tower on wheels. The state has stipulated that a percentage of the fees collected must be spent on capital improvements.

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