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Attendant for Veterans Park restrooms would cost up to $83k a year, Manchester officials estimate

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 16. 2018 9:11AM
This image is taken from the report for an aldermanic committee. 

MANCHESTER — Members of an aldermanic committee are expected to hear a report tonight that pegs the potential cost of opening the public restrooms at Veterans Park at more than $100,000.

The Aldermanic Committee on Administration and Information Systems meets today at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

City resident Glenn Ouellette has spoken out at city meetings over the last several months, asking that the public restrooms at Veterans Park be opened to the public. The city closed the restrooms — located in a building facing Elm Street that is also home to the downtown visitors center — several years ago.

Ouellette wants the restrooms open on a schedule that mirrors public bus operations — Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At the request of aldermen, Don Pinard, chief of parks for the city, has compiled an updated report on the costs.

According to Pinard, the annual salary cost for a restroom attendant at Livingston Park, at 40 hours a week, is $37,000. Health and dental benefits cost an additional $32,000 — putting the total cost around $69,000 a year.

To staff the Veterans Park restrooms for 56 hours a week, Pinard estimated $51,800 in salary and $32,000 in benefits, for a total cost of $83,800.

Pinard also priced out a second option — staffing the restrooms with a security guard, and having the facilities cleaned by Aramark. At 40 hours a week, this option comes in at $53,990 — $15,240 annually in cleaning supply costs and labor and $38,750 in salary for the security guard. Over 56 hours a week, the total cost of option two rises to $75,586.

Pinard also listed more than $66,000 in recommended renovations to be completed before opening the restrooms, including:

• Flooring: $10,200

• Vandal-resistant paint: $10,000

• LED lighting: $2,500

• Vandal-resistant toilet partitions: $6,500

• Three security cameras: $16,992

• Plumbing flushometers: $6,300

The report can be viewed below:

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