The relocation of the DPW facility: An old idea reappears in
another election cycle | June 11, 2008

During the Mayoral campaign of 2005 won by David McFadden and again during the Mayoral campaign of 2007 won by Houston Stebbins, the relocation of the DPW facility was an issue put forth by David McFadden. Now in 2008 he makes it one of his pledges again. The following letter and feasibility summary were read into the record at the May 16, 2007 Board of Trustees meeting. It outlines a brief feasibility study prepared by Jake Lindsay, which was first presented to the Board of Trustees when he was a Trustee in 1999 and more recently in an updated version that was presented to the Board of Trustees in 2007. Previous administrations have considered the options and determined that relocation of the DPW facility was not economically feasible. David McFadden, without a serious look at the feasibility issue, is resurrecting this idea. This time, at least, he pledges to do a cost study, a move he didn’t consider while he was mayor.

Dear Mayor and Board of Trustees,
On his Mac 4 Mayor Website, the Mayor (then Mayor McFadden) asks residents what they would like to do with the property where the DPW facility is located, assuming the DPW is moved. He gives us 3 choices.

The first question that should be asked is whether we should move the DPW facility and what the costs involved would be. The prudent first step you should take is a feasibility study on the relocation of the DPW facility. I prepared a straightforward feasibility that is shown below. I have updated this study since I last presented it to the Board of Trustees.

Feasibility Study – DPW Relocation

Existing Facility
8,125 sf  
Proposed Facility-
To meet current building codes
10,000 sf  
Building Costs 10,000 sf @ $140 $1400000
Salt Shed - new facility Lump Sum $150000
Site Work - new facility Lump Sum $125000
Clean-up Existing Site after phase I environmental Lump Sum allowance $175000
Total   $1850000
Architectural Fees 10% $185000
Contingency 10% $185000
Total Construction   $2220000
Costs of Land for new facility   ??
Sale of Existing Land   $900,000 +/-?

The DPW property and the Wee Wah Beach Club property are one contiguous lot of 6.6 acres. The DPW is on approximately 2.5 acres and the Wee Wah Beach Club approximately 4.1 acres. If the DPW area is subdivided it will not meet the Village’s current 4 acres zoning.


If costs are not offset by a land sale, estimated costs would be the full $2,220,000 plus the cost of land acquisition. The DPW relocation just does not make any financial sense.

I personally think it is negligent to write about these ideas and options before a feasibility study has been done. I brought this same issue up in previous BOT meetings. It seems to be a hot issue around election time. A request for a detailed feasibility study might lend some credibility.

John S. Lindsay III

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