Town saves on Egypt Park project
By Benjamin Brown
GateHouse News Service
Posted Mar 12, 2010 @ 04:00 PM
Scituate — Egypt Park, which will be located at the corner of Curtis, Lawson, and Captain Peirce roads, should be one of a “necklace” of parks throughout town, said director of public works Al Bangert.
According to Bangert, the park would include a walkway, several benches, landscaped greenery and trees.
“It’s more like a rest spot on a bike journey through town,” he said.
Last week, Scituate selectmen voted to award the contract for the park to Phil Mastroianni Corp. of Waltham for $82,796.39, which is approximately $20,000 less than the town had originally anticipated. As a result, Bangert said the town would receive a refund, which will to go directly to the town’s Community Preservation Act account. Bangert said the money coming back to the town must be used for infrastructure, not budget issues.
Bangert said the extra money would go to the CPA account because it had already contributed nearly 80 percent of the cost. The Mastroianni bid was the lowest of three, said Bangert, with the most expensive being $113,065.
According to Bangert, the CPA appropriated close to $80,000 for the project, while Streetscapes provided $18,000. The remaining $8,000 came from MBTA ombudsman funds, which Selectmen John Danehey said were meant for Bangert himself.
“Al gave $8,000 that he was entitled to,” said Danehey, who felt the project was a good way to redecorate the town. “This is like a scar that’s going to be beautified.”
Bangert informed the board that while the town would mow and remove snow from the park, it wouldn’t handle any landscaping duties.
“We’re not gardeners,” he said.
Volunteers, Bangert said, would have to take care of the beauty part, and would help keep the area clean.
Selectman Rick Murray was concerned that the area’s current dedication — to Sean Powell, who died in the 1990s — would remain intact.
“There have been instances in the past where names have been lost,” said Murray. “I think it’s important to hang onto that.”