Still Unclear When Pier C Park Will Re-Open
The park needs to undergo renovations after Hurricane Sandy ravaged large parts.
The city is still in the process of evaluating whether or not Pier C Park will be open this spring, according to City Spokesman Juan Melli.
The opening of the park is further delayed, according to the city, because a $82,000 professional service contract wasn't approved by the city council on Wednesday night.
The city asked the council to approve the contract with Boswell Engineering for rehabilitation of Pier C Park after damage done due to Sandy, but the vote failed in 4-4 stalemate, with the mayor's opponents voting "no."
Zimmer turned to Twitter on Thursday. "Through O&M fund city has the money to make repairs now but minority voted against it--Currently evaluating options," the mayor tweeted.
About an hour later she followed up, "it is in the budget and fully funded -- but need Council approval to move ahead w/repairs."
Hurricane Sandy ravaged the park, causing large portions of Pier C to be in "disrepair," said Mayor Dawn Zimmer in a phone interview on Thursday.
While Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo — a vocal opponent of Zimmer — said he wants to find alternative funding sources for the renovations, Tim Occhipinti — the fourth ward councilman, who has been more outspoken than usual in his criticism of the administration — said he wants the city to hire a new city engineer first.
Zimmer, in turn, called the "no" vote obstructionist.
It's unclear when the repairs will be made, but Zimmer said it would be at least "several months."