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Jayne Park Plan to add asphalt and overlook

August 19, 2014

A sketch of the proposed over- look onto the Little River will likely be destroyed when the ice jam causes the ice to freeze and flow over into the park, which it does about twice per winter.

An RFP is not a request for quotes (RFQ) or an invitation for bids (IFB) based on a set plan where the lowest price is the concern. An "RFP," an acronym for "request

for proposals," means the administra- tion does not have a set plan but will evaluate ideas for work to be done. By definition, an RFP allows the city to choose

whoever they want to do the work regardless of price.

An RFP also means the city is re- questing proposals, suggestions, ideas, and consulting on how and what work should be done. DeSantis said he hopes to have work

started in October which means he must issue the RFP, select a com - pany, let them design the final plans and start construction in two months.

because it expires if some money is not spent this year. The city, DeSantis said, had been granted two extensions on deadlines for the grant, but failed to gain city

council approval in their earlier plans to make more drastic changes to the park.DeSantis said this is the last time the state will grant an extension, so the city

needs to go forward with some kind of plan or lose the grant. "It was pretty clear there would be no more extensions," DeSantis said. If the city ends up declining the

grant, DeSantis warned, it will not re-
ceive any other grants to make im - provements at Jayne Park and would have a "harder time getting grants for other city parks." "If we don't do something with the

grant it will certainly harm our future applications," he said at the meeting. DeSantis did not provide details of how the state would make it harder for the city for

$900 in lumber will rebuild the entire picnic shelter. Repairs to its roof, something that would normally be done as seasonal maintenance, are listed as part of a $290,000 improvement plan at Jayne Park.

other, worthwhile grants if it failed to take advantage of this six- year-old Jayne Park grant. Following last week's meeting, Ni- agara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster wrote

on his Facebook page that the Jayne Park plan is "back on track" and re- ferred to "consensus" being reached, based apparently on the 40 people in attendance at the

Some might question the need for an asphalt trail through the park

library meeting, de- spite the fact that Cayuga Island has approximately 350 homes and 1000 residents and, arguably, 40 people does not constitute a "consensus" here.

Senior Planner Tom DeSantis explains his plan for Jayne Park to an audience at the LaSalle Branch Library.

Yet the plan is moving ahead. The Niagara Gazette quotes De- Santis as saying the city is now getting ready to "issue RFPs





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