The replacement of the rubber play surface at Aldene Park passed a necessary hurdle Thursday night when council awarded the project to Picerno-Giordano Construction, LLC out of Kenilworth at a budget of $117,150.01.
$25,470 will be paid through the Union County Leveling The Playing Fields Grant which was awarded in March of this year (link). $75,079.69 is being paid through 2016’s Ordinance 2466 (link) which budgeted and approved $465,000 for improvements to municipal buildings & grounds, sidewalk improvements, improvements to Aldene Park, and the relocation of the borough’s fire siren. $16,600.32 will be coming from 2017’s Ordinance 2494 under Improvements to buildings and grounds (link).
The accepted bidder, according to Borough Clerk Andrew Casais, was at least $13,000 less than the only other bidder. In 2010, Picerno-Giordano was the contractor that renovated Acker Park including the installation of play equipment, pavers, landscaping, irrigation, fencing, drinking fountain, site amenities, and pouring in place the rubber surfacing.
Aldene Park – along with Acker Park – have been in need of various repairs since spring of this year (link).