The planned reconstruction of Angela Hibbard Park in Brick has hit a snag, though officials are hopeful it get be resolved in short order.
The township council was unable to award a contract to a firm that could take on the construction project this week since bids came in higher than officials had budgeted. But Joanne Bergin, the township’s Business Administrator, said a mathematical error on the part of the township produced the high costs included in the bids, and the situation would likely be able to be remedied without starting the bid process over again.
“We were originally looking to reject all bids on the basis that we were going to substantially change it,” but the discovery of the mathematical error that increased the cost of materials means that the project may be able to go on as first envisioned without any significant changes, Bergin said.
The law provides Bergin and other township officials 60 days to award a contract, and in the interim, township employees will work with the council’s Parks and Recreation Committee to crunch numbers and see if a bid can be awarded with the correct figures in place.
The rebuild project will include two dogs parks – one for large dogs and one for small dogs – plus a new playground for children ages 2-5, a second playground for children ages 6-12, a basketball court, and a pickleball court. The project will also include a new perimeter walking trail, plus irrigation and drainage work.