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Carousel group seeking additional bids

The volunteers behind an effort to construct a carousel and pavilion in downtown Saranac Lake are seeking additional bids for the project, which is slated to break ground this spring.

Organizers are currently soliciting construction bids for the pavilion that will house the Adirondack-themed carousel, as well as an adjacent educational workshop and space for community events.

Marge Glowa chairs the all-volunteer Adirondack Carousel Board of Directors. She notes that bonding will no longer be necessary to see the project through, meaning that more local contractors will be able to participate in the bidding process.

"The first round [of bidding] attracted a number of local bids," Glowa said, noting that the next of round of bids must be submitted by 3 p.m. April 11.

According to Glowa, organizers are seeking material bids for concrete, rebar, doors, exterior walls, and roofing. Labor bids for masonry and exterior construction are also being sought.

Proposals should be turned in to the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation, located at 67 Main Street in Saranac Lake.

"We've been working very hard to reach this point and look forward to reviewing the additional bids," Glowa said.

Ground breaking for the Adirondack Carousel had originally been planned for early April. But Glowa notes that the harsh, long winter has postponed construction.

Meanwhile, some residents have questioned why the village was forced to go through the state in order to alienate parkland at Mt. Pisgah for its water project, while the carousel project did not need legislative approval to utilize space at the William Morris playground.

Jeremy Evans is director of Community Development for the village of Saranac Lake. He says the carousel will be used for recreational and park purposes, whereas a water tank would not fall under the same scope.

"The carousel, by any stretch of the imagination, is for recreational purposes," Evans said. "And even the pavilion would be used for the same type of thing."

Evans notes that, hypothetically, if the village needed to use parkland at William Morris or elsewhere for purposes other than recreation, it would need legislative approval, just like Mt. Pisgah.

Evans also reminded residents that if the carousel were not successful, the village would take over the pavilion and the existing infrastructure.

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