It's another in an endless line of examples of how our tax dollars are flushed down the toilet.
In this case, it is for the town of Bolton to actually build a toilet.
No question, there is a need at the Bolton Landing beach. After all, how long will the queen of American lakes remain that way if parents are regularly whispering in their kids' ears to just go in the water?
The Bolton board was hoping to build a new restroom facility at Rogers Park to replace the portable toilets. The town had $245,000 burning a hole in its pocket from a state grant.
That's where the problem starts.
Nobody seems to have blinked even once at the thought of spending $245,000 for a restroom in the park that would primarily be used two months out of the year. We're talking 16 feet by 17 feet.
It begs several questions:
What are the commodes made of?
Were the architects involved with the design at Versailles?
And is real estate that lucrative in the Bolton market that a one-bath unit - with nothing else - will fetch more than $200,000 on the open market?
There is a little more to it than that, since the plan also includes underground plumbing and some blacktop for a parking lot.
But it gets much worse.
Out went a request for bids on the project and three were returned.
Here is where your eyes will bug out and you will cough up your breakfast cereal. Each one of the bids was at least $100,000 over the state's $245,000 grant.
For a bathroom.
You know, in generations past, they used to dig a couple holes and nail some plywood together. I know we have advanced past that, but still - $345,000?
Thankfully, the Bolton board balked, not at spending $245,000, but another $100,000 out of its own pocket.
That's part of the problem. Didn't anyone on the Bolton board think that a $245,000 bathroom building was a bit excessive, even if it did include plumbing and some parking?
Seems like you could build restrooms all over Bolton and a few in Lake George for $245,000. Maybe making doing with a few more portable bathrooms made more sense?
It makes you wonder what the state is giving away for indoor plumbing jobs at the state Capitol. What about the governor's quarters? His sitting room has to be worth a half-million dollars.
Ultimately, the Bolton board unanimously authorized a planning firm to redesign the plans to be more affordable, and certainly no more than the $245,000.
Looks like they are going to have to build it on the cheap.
I hope they can afford doors and running water.
Ken Tingley is editor of The Post-Star and may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.