Questions & Answers
Did the Council vote
against the Environmental Education Center? NO, they strongly support
the Center, which they approved in 2010. They voted against our request for a
Bridge Loan for the last 25% (or so) of the budget, citing concerns with
loaning funds. We’ve always intended to privately fund the Center, and those
efforts will continue.
Does the NO Vote mean
the Center will not be built? NO, the Environmental Education Center will
be built, but the timing is pushed back a bit.
When do you expect
construction to begin? We’re working to develop options for funding the
rest of the budget now. Construction could begin as soon as Fall 2016. More
information will be coming soon.
How long will
construction take? Construction of the Shell of the building will take 3-5
days. The building has been designed with a significant portion pre-fabricated,
to assure quality of construction and minimize disruption during construction.
Finishing work will take another month, mostly with a handful of workers
parking in the arboretum or pool lot, again, minimizing disruption to the
What is the master
plan (mission statement)? To build a classroom in the woodlands and
an all season gathering place for the community. The center will take the
arboretum into its next phase of use and enjoyment.
Is this a Commercial
Development? Our fee schedule mentions “commercial photography” (only to
differentiate professional photographers scheduling photo shoots from residents
taking nature or family photos, etc.). We are a not-for profit 501(c)3
Organization, and this is not a commercial development.
Who will pay for
Utilities? Electric & water are conservatively estimated at $500 /
month, paid by Glen Rock Boro.
Who will pay for internet
access? FOGRA will cover internet and IT expenses.
Who will pay for
Maintenance? FOGRA is setting aside $2,000 per year in reserve for
maintenance & repairs. Daily cleaning & maintenance will be handled by
Who will pay for
Insurance? FOGRA has always paid for D&O (Directors & Officers)
Liability. This will continue. The Arboretum has always been under the Boro
Liability Umbrella, as all town facilities are, and this would continue.
Who will pay for
legal costs or judgments in the event of an injury? Handled as it has been
in all Boro assets.
Who will pay for
security systems? FOGRA will pay for security systems, unless the town
decides they need security tied in with a central system.
Who will guarantee
the loan? There is currently no loan guarantee. The repayment plan is for 7
years at $34,000 per year. We currently have (approx.) 2.5 years covered (just
under $22,000 per year). In the last 5 years, we’ve raised over $260,000, or
$52,000 per year. That’s with NO BUILDING. We will raise the
Why now? Why not
wait and raise all of the funds? Mostly for timing issues. First, in the past 5
years, we’ve raised over $260,000, but at some point momentum becomes an issue.
Second, every delay in the start brings an increase in the cost of the project.
Lastly, the DEP provided an LOI (Letter of Interpretation) for the area we are
building. When the LOI expires, there are additional costs to re-file and get
Where did the price
of $638,000 come from? The $638,000 cost was developed with the Architect
(actually 3 firms), a leading modular construction firm, the town Engineer
(Boswell), and under the review of multiple contractors reviewing every facet
of the building.
Isn’t $638,000 a lot
for a 1,750 ft2 building? Yes. The design incorporates high
quality materials like cellulose insulation (85% recycled, no outgassing, great
R-Value & low embodied energy) with 2% of the energy that is used
for foam and 10% for fiberglass. The design is ADA Compliant, and uses
pre-fabricated construction (significantly reducing neighborhood disruption,
build time, and increasing quality). Lastly, public buildings are required to
follow ‘Prevailing Wage’ rules, which impacts labor rates for most laborers.
Who handles use
restrictions? As it has been, FOGRA will control use via our
agreement/lease with the borough but anyone can use the arboretum if they agree
to the terms of our Use Agreement (similar to other Arboretum contracts). This
Use Agreement has been in place for years, there’s nothing new.
Who controls the
building – does anything change after the loan is repaid? Nothing changes.
We are donating the building to the Boro. The building belongs to the
Boro of Glen Rock.
Who will own the
building? This building is being paid for by FOGRA and donated to
the Boro & residents.
Is there a
construction performance bond? The construction performance bond will be
purchased by the contractor and has been allowed for in our cost estimates.
How many visitors
monthly? Once fully operational visitors should average 200-400 per month
(excluding events & the thousands of volunteer hours already spent there
each year to maintain and beautify the arboretum).
staffing, what will it cost & who pays? Volunteers led by a FOGRA team
will staff the center.
Will the building and
site be ADA compliant? Yes, the building was designed compliant. The
building setback is similar to most GR homes, and all requirements for
compliance are in the budget.
Whose web page and at what cost? FOGRA
pays for & maintains its own web page www.glenrockarboretum.org
Who will run the classes and summer camp?
Volunteers run all programs.
How many bathrooms
and stalls? Two unisex restrooms. One is handicap accessible.
Will there be any
selling of goods or services on site? There is no Gift Shop. The closest
we’d get to a commercial enterprise is to sell baked goods at a fishing derby,
Will residents &
family have to pay fees? No, there will not be a fee to visit the Education
Center. There will be a nominal fee to hold an event, and there may be a
Will applications be
made to zoning board? The town will handle zoning issues because it’s on
Will the Mayor and
council members be permanent members of Arboretum Board of Governors? No,
we will continue to report to the council as we always have.
Will future revenue
be given to Glen Rock? No. This is not a revenue generating facility. It is
designed to be a place for learning, inspiration, and support to the many
visitors to the arboretum. Additional funds would be placed in the repairs
reserve and to maintain and support the arboretum.
mechanism is in place? Our financials are run by the CFO of a multi-million
dollar company with decades of experience. Books are audited regularly, and we
have full D&O (Directors & Officers) liability coverage. FOGRA will
continue to comply with its own bylaws and mission statement is all respects as
to the EEC.
Has there been an environmental
impact study? No. This building will cover .00365 of the land in the
arboretum (under 4/10 of 1%). The building will follow
LEEDS (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) standards. These
comprehensive design and construction standards help assure that there is
minimal impact in all areas of design and construction. This building will have
Has there been a
traffic impact study? No. This building will have far fewer visitors
than, for example, the pool next door. Our prime visitor traffic is expected to
be during the school year (September – November, and February – June), and
during school hours. It is expected that school groups would park in the pool
lot. We can’t accept large groups, as we try to provide Docents for every
6-8 children – we just don’t have that many available volunteers.
How will police / fire / waste collection access the
building if it is in the arboretum? The building will have about the same
setback off Doremus as your home. Access will not be an issue.