Keller and Associates recently finished the new Ashton City Park restroom design and presented it to the city. The city paid the company $15,185 for its work.
“We do have a layout approximately 17 ½ feet wide and 25 feet long. It will be facing east into the park,” said Councilman Jerry Funke who, with Ashton City Clerk Cathy Stegelmeier, met with Keller and Associates earlier this month.
Funke said the hope was to get the restroom built as quickly as possible. A private entity is paying for both the restroom’s design, and its estimated $100,000 construction cost.
“We’d like to get started by the middle of April, if possible, and have it completed this summer,” he said.
Initially, when presented with the idea of a park restroom, the city council declined to use taxpayers’ money to build a facility that would only be used three or four months out of the year. After a private entity offered to pay for the expense of building the restroom, the council changed its mind. In exchange, the council agreed to cover the bathroom’s maintenance costs.
It wasn’t known if the city park had ever had a restroom, and instead has relied on port-a-potties for decades. The new restroom will be handicapped accessible helping the city come into Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. The facility will also have a maintenance room that will be winterized to prevent broken pipes. A janitor will be hired to clean the bathrooms, Stegelmeier said.
“We’ve been renting a women’s and men’s port-a-potties. For the cost of that, we can pay to have a custodian take care of them (the restrooms),” said Stegelmeier.
Mayor Tom Mattingly said that he’s glad the restroom project is underway.
“I think it’s going to be a good deal when they get the final plans done and start work on it. I think it will be a great addition to the city park,” he said.
The city council meets again at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, at city hall. The meeting is open to the public. For more information call 208-652-3987.