OLEAN, NY-- The William O. Smith Recreation Center Complex Improvements Project will cost $1.4 million more than anticipated, according to a resolution the Common Council is scheduled to consider Tuesday.

The resolution would authorize the city auditor to bond up to $4,135,000 for the project, which originally had been estimated at $2,735,000. According to the resolution, bids submitted for the project were higher than anticipated.

The resolution also indicates that unspecified amounts from the New York State of Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Empire State Development Corporation and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York will pay for a portion of the project.

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The recreation center, located at 551 E. State St., includes a regulation ice arena, a ceramic tile wading pool, an L-shaped swimming pool, two basketball courts, three volleyball courts, a soccer floor and a roller hockey area. Project plans call for reconstructing of the ice rink floor, associated refrigeration equipment and rink area rooms; renovation of restrooms, shower facilities, changing and locker rooms and the pool area surface.

Tuesday’s meeting, scheduled to begin at 6:35 p.m. in Council Chambers in the Olean Municipal Building, 101 E. State St., will also include consideration of resolutions for:

  • transferring monies from the General Fund, the Water Fund and the General Contingency Fund to the Capital Fund for purchases of two police cars for an amount not to exceed $75,000; two Department of Public Works vans (engineering and electrician) for an amount not to exceed $45,000, and a dump truck for an amount not to exceed $150,000;
  • authorizing the removal of two existing 250-watt Mercury Vapor Cobra Head street light fixtures utilizing City of Olean-owned poles along East State Street (#125 and #135);
  • authorizing the mayor to enter into a cost-plus-fixed-fee consultant agreement with C&S Engineers Inc. for replacing the perimeter fence for the Cattaraugus County–Olean Airport (subject to a funding award);
  • authorizing the formation of a task force with the ultimate goal of empowering neighborhoods and encouraging proactive change throughout the city.