Fleischmanns Park receives fix-up funds

By Joe Moskowitz
The Village of Fleischmanns has received some long overdue good news. Work will begin later this spring or early in the summer to restore more of the village park on Wagner Avenue.
The park was badly damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011. It was hoped that restoration work could be completed by the spring of 2013, but as Mayor Todd Pascarella explained to the News, that couldn’t happen because the village challenged the amount of money the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), was willing to spend on the project. Pascarella said that all FEMA wanted to pay for were basic repairs. The village needed a replacement of the tennis courts and a new concession stand. And, it needed a new playground.
 Last week, FEMA finalized its agreement to meet most of those demands.
This sign was a little too optimistic, but park restoration will finally be underway soon. — Photo by Joe MoskowitzThis sign was a little too optimistic, but park restoration will finally be underway soon. — Photo by Joe Moskowitz
The blueprint
The project worksheet (PWS) allows the village to pay $501,000 for new tennis courts. There was a concession on the concession stand. It will be basic with “no bells and whistles”, but Pascarella said it would meet all code requirements. 
The mayor said FEMA didn’t place a high value on the playground. However the MARK Project secured a $126,000 grant, and that, combined with more than $30,000 in donations should turn the playground into “something special.”
The first part of the project to be worked on will be the tennis courts. Bids should be accepted by mid May and after that, work can begin.
The village had to wait for its money, but contractors can’t be expected to be quite as patient.
Mayor Pascarella said Community Bank in Fleischmanns has agreed to provide the village with short-term loans to pay for the work. Now that the PWS has been approved, FEMA will quickly reimburse the village so interest costs will be minimal.