Playground equipment destroyed by fire in a Cheektowaga park will be replaced.
The Town Board voted unanimously Monday night to award a contract of $33,155.71 to Game Time of Spring Lake, N.J., which will replace a jungle gym destroyed by fire in Kelly Park the afternoon of May 3.
“It is going to be the same equipment that we had there,” Councilman James P. Rogowski said.
An off-duty town police officer happened to be near the park, located at the end of Kelly Drive, off French Road, when the fire began, and he stopped a group of boys.
A 13-year-old Buffalo boy told police that he had been playing with a lighter and a pine cone near the jungle gym that afternoon. The boy said that when he threw down the pine cone after lighting it, he assumed it was out.
The boy is being prosecuted on a charge of criminal mischief in Erie County Family Court.
Though officials had estimated it could cost up to $100,000 to replace the equipment, Rogowski noted Monday that the lower price had come in through a state bid.
The town was paid for an insurance claim for the loss, Supervisor Mary F. Holtz said.
But the boy also is being held responsible.
“We will be seeking restitution,” Rogowski said.
The South Line Fire Company will work with the Parks Department on restoring the site, Rogowski said, but it’s unknown when that might occur.
Meanwhile, other equipment in the park remains operational,
In other business Monday, the Town Board awarded a contract for $216,301 to Joe Basil Chevrolet of Depew for seven 2014 Chevrolet Tahoes for the Police Department.