By BRADEN LAMMERS
The low bid for the construction of Big Four Station came in on target Wednesday morning.
Louisville-based Wycliffe Enterprises Inc. was the low bidder of the four proposals opened Wednesday. The base bid totaled $4.2 million with an alternate bid for a fiber-optic enclosure that totaled $35,000.
Bids opened at the Wednesday Jeffersonville Board of Public Works meeting from three other hopefuls came in at between $4.6 million and $6.7 million for the base construction work.
No contract was awarded Wednesday and the board agreed to take the proposals under advisement. Plans developed by The Estopinal Group estimated the cost to complete the park at $4.2 million.
Plans call for a two-block park at the foot of the Big Four Bridge with restrooms, a multipurpose shelter, a water feature and a playground to be constructed between Pearl and Mulberry streets from Market and Maple streets.
Jeffersonville Redevelopment Director Rob Waiz said the plans for the construction in the park are likely to be divided up in two phases, with the first phase reconstructing the north end, or Maple Street side of the park. Once the Big Four Bridge ramp — which has been pushed back to a November completion date — is completed, work is expected to start on the south end of the park.
IRE IN THE STREETS
Anita Parker, a resident of the recently renamed Amanda Cole Avenue, formerly Virginia Avenue, said she was unaware of the name change and her signature on the petition seeking to rename the road was falsified.
“My name is there, but that is not the survey I signed,” she said.
Parker, who said she has lived on the street for 40 years, said she signed something related to gas prices more than two years ago, but never agreed to change the name of Virginia Avenue to Amanda Cole Avenue.
She added that many of the residents of the street, and the names appearing on the petition, are renters and no longer live there, or are residents who have lived there only a short time.
“I feel like if historical homes can be saved, my street name can be saved,” Parker said.
Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said part of the reason for approving the name change was that there were two Virginia Avenues in Jeffersonville. He also suggested a meeting with the street’s residents to work out the issues related to the name change.
The board of public works approved a resolution to take ownership of a small public garden at the corner of Spring and Chestnut streets.
Glossbrenner Garden, which was formerly owned by Indiana Landmarks, was being maintained by Jeffersonville City Pride and is a site for many city events. An effort to deed the property over to the city has been ongoing for several years.
City Pride has offered to continue to maintain the small garden, and provisions were included in the deed to ensure that the site remains a public space.
POLICE STATION CONTRACT APPROVED
AML’s contract to construct a new Jeffersonville Police Department station off of 10th Street for $6.25 million was ratified by the board of public works.
The board offered its approval of the contract because change orders will come before the entity, as it is the city department managing the project. Change-order approvals will come before the board of public works because the board meets weekly, as opposed to the city’s redevelopment commission, which meets monthly.