But when he asked CURA to cover the extra expense, some board members balked. The agency has spent an estimated $400,000 to buy the site and has promised $260,000 for construction.
"It's a great project but I've always been a cheerleader for, 'can we trim it down some?'" said Diane Strong-Treister. "We haven't seen any dirt fly. This is a ton of money and we haven't seen anything yet."
Andrew Jordon said the underground electric work should be a higher priority than the pavers, which were an optional add-on. Board members also wanted to know how much it will cost to finish the park.
After an anonymous donor agreed to pay for the pavers, board members agreed to cover the cost of the underground cables.
In other business Wednesday, board members got a first look at -- but took no action on -- a draft loan policy.
"After we received a request from the Rev. [Matthew] Watts, it was mentioned we don't have a loan policy, and should we even make loans?" said CURA Chairman Jack Cavender. "This is just a proposal."
Board members will submit written questions about the policy and consider the plan at their January meeting.Reach Jim Balow at ba...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.