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Council considers request to fund service installation for splash pad

by Patrick Raftis

MAPLETON - Township council is considering a request to help fund the cost of installing water and electrical services to a new splash pad planned for construction in ABC park this spring.

Splash pad committee members Erica Klaassen and Lorrie Spaling attended the March 27 meeting to update council on the project.

“We’re here today to ask council assist us with covering the cost … to tie in the water and the electrical from the road to the pad itself,” explained Klaassen.

Mayor Neil Driscoll asked public works director Sam Mattina if he had an estimated cost for the work.

Noting that committee members and township staff are “currently gathering prices for this work,” Mattina estimated the cost could be between $15,000 and $20,000. He said plans involve drilling or “trenchless technology” to install the servicing, which is expected to reduce costs.

Council directed staff to investigate the cost of the work and report back.

In a report to council, committee members noted they have so far raised $90,000 toward the project, with more fundraising yet to come.

“With the funds raised to date, it allows us to go ahead and begin construction of the splash pad this spring,” the report states.

“The amount raised will ensure the excavating, plumbing, electrical and pouring of the concrete pad can be completed. From there, we will be able to raise the money needed to install fixtures, equipment, landscaping, etc.

“Our committee, along with Open Space Solutions, are working closely with township staff to get this project underway. Township staff has provided some names of companies that may offer their services in-kind. Our goal is to begin excavation in early May, for an opening in late June.”

April 13, 2018


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