Ashton Council postpones building city park restroom

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The lateness of the year combined with strong competition among contractors, has caused the Ashton City Council to postpone building a new restroom at Ashton City Park.

The council met last month where it decided against building the restroom. During its council meeting, Councilman Jerry Funke, who is overseeing the project, reported that contractors are busy on other projects making it difficult to hire one to build the facility.

“We’re not a big enough fish in the water,” he said. “It’s pretty tough right now. As soon as people get back to work and it settles down, it might be a lot more competitive.”

“I think that’s a very good choice, Jerry,” Ashton Mayor Tom Mattingly said.

The city instead will again rent port-a-potties to be placed at the park as it has been done in the past.

Earlier this year, the city paid Keller and Associates $15,185 to design the restrooms that are expected to be 17 ½ feet wide and 25 feet long and facing the east into the park. The facility will be handicapped accessible and come with a maintenance room that will be winterized to prevent broken pipes. The city will hire a janitor to clean the bathrooms.

The restroom is expected to cost around $100,000 and will be covered by the city’s Vasak Fund. The fund was established in the 1960s and has been used to cover the cost of various Ashton projects.

The city council meets at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, at city hall. For more information call 208-652-3987.