Subject: Re: Bowermand Basin Boondoggle Date: May 1 10:03:06 1995 From: Don Baccus - donb at Rational.COM
>Now, I don't think I'm out of line here, but isn't that an awful lot of >money to be asking for a *boardwalk*? Think about it, they want 1 >*million* dollars. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for supporting our refuges >and parks, but I think this sounds like precisely the type of financial >boondoggle that conservatives are tired of paying for (and me).
Aren't you jumping to conclusions by calling it a "boondoggle", etc, without knowing the details?
I'd like to know the details, of course. But, lumber ain't cheap these days (personally, I doubt if you could buy properly treated timber for the walk for the $50k you seem to think is reasonable) and I suspect that the pilings are going to have to be driven pretty deep in that muck to be stable over a long period of time. And that's expensive. Ever rent a pile-driver for a month?
There may be other costs involved as well, as in real-estate, or perhaps an easement agreement with the airport. Perhaps parking to handle the crowds which now go there, etc.
It's possible it is a boondoggle, indeed. But I get tired of people ranting and raving about costs when they have absolutely no data which indicates they're out of line.
Get your data, and if you want to have a discussion about the reasonableness of the estimate, let's talk then.