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One firm bids for Japanese garden project

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

McIntire Lawn & Landscaping is the sole bidder to create a Japanese-style garden at the West Washington Street Plaza.

The Shelbyville Board of Works has taken the company’s proposal under advisement.

Bryant Niehoff, director of the city’s Plan Commission, told the board that he sought bids from four area companies to do the work.

Only McIntire made a bid, he said, during the Board of Works premeeting.

At the regular board meeting, Mayor Tom DeBaun, who chairs the board, read the bid.

“The base price is $42,930,” he said.

There were also three alternates that totaled $5,250 and included maintenance of the garden for one year, said DeBaun.

He and fellow Board of Works member Bob Williams took the bid under advisement. Board member David Finkel was absent.

Space for the garden has been cleared at the West Washington Street Plaza, which formerly was an adjacent parking lot for Major Hospital.

The plaza is now used for the weekly Farmers Market and for other special events; it has a small playground for kids.

In other matters, convened as the city’s Utility Board, the panel on Tuesday approved a $130,000 contract for work at the Shelbyville Water Resource Recovery Facility.

And Karen Martin, director of the Shelbyville Parks & Recreation Department, reported the theft of one of the department’s trucks from a garage at Morrison Park.

Fence gates were damaged in the theft, she said. Later in the meeting, Martin said the truck had been found on West Jackson Street.