Subject: Re: Bowermand Basin Boondoggle Date: May 2 08:31:46 1995 From: Eugene Hunn - hunn at u.washington.edu
The board walk at Foster Island cost several hundred thou... they had to push piling down a long way through the peat for stability... the previous trail washed out in a short time.
On Mon, 1 May 1995, Don Baccus wrote:
> >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. > > -Don Baccus- > > >