When the Huckleberry Park pond project is undertaken later this year part of the infrastructure that will be used will come from the Hannibal riverfront.

“As part of the marina project we don’t need all the docks so we are going to use some of the docks and gangway to create the handicapped accessible dock, which will save us a bunch of money,” said Andy Dorian, director of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department (HPRD).

Dorian estimates that by using excess docks not needed in the riverfront’s new marina it will shave $55,000 from the cost of the pond project.

“We’re going to do that in-house so basically there will be no cost there,” said Dorian.

Re-using some of the docks and utilizing park personnel to transport and install them will not be the only examples of cost-savings seen during the project.

“The fill requirements we are going to do in-house because we have free fill,” said Dorian. “We have the capability of doing it (a lot of pond project labor) in-house. It’s just going to be a lot of work and it’s really going to push back a lot of other things.”

A savings of over $100,000 could be realized when it comes time to excavate a little over 13,000 cubic yards out of the pond basin.

“As part of the grant we would contract out the pond basin (excavation) and then we would haul away that material ourselves. That would be a major cost savings there,” said Dorian.

To further help hold down expenses the street department may be recruited to help with dirt hauling.

“Ideally we don’t want to do that, but this is a project we have to get done,” said Dorian.

The repair of the little pond comes with a big price tag.

“The project is very, very, very expensive,” reported Dorian to the Park Board last month. “It’s a $500,000 project. We are taking some of that out because we’re doing things in-house. The engineer’s estimate is over $400,000, but with contingencies it’s over $500,000.”

To help pay for the project the parks department is seeking a reimbursable grant that, if awarded, could provide $184,000. News regarding the grant application should come next month.

“April is when we would hear if we get a site visit,” said Dorian. “They will preliminarily award you (the grant), then they will do a site visit and if everything is good after the site visit then they will recommend you (to receive the grant).”

Recognizing the need for major work on the pond, the condition of which was described last month by Dorian as “pretty dire,” money was earmarked for the project when the 2017-18 fiscal year budget was drafted last spring.

“We had budgeted $150,000,” said the HPRD’s director. “If we were to get the grant we will probably be under that $150,000. If we don’t get the grant we are probably going to be above that number.

“When it comes to budget season (this spring) we will know more about what that number (project’s cost) is. It will be a big number, but hopefully with the grant we will get back (a significant amount).”

Dorian envisions work on the pond taking place later this year.

“Ideally if we get the grant it will be a fall project,” he said. “If we don’t get the grant it will for sure be a fall project.”

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com