NEW ALBANY — It looks like Shelby Place soon will be getting a facelift.

The New Albany Board of Public Works & Safety approved a proposal from T.A. Ginkins Company LLC Tuesday to improve the median landscape and lighting on Shelby.

The plan, which is for $39,447, calls for the removal of existing trees and shrubs which already has taken place and to install new landscaping. The proposal is for new trees, shrubs, soil and brick chips, which was submitted to the city by Grantline Garden Center last July. New lighting and posts will also be added to the median which separates both lanes of the street.

A brick/stone entrance wall facing Vincennes Street, engraved with Shelby Place, also will be installed.

"This will make it 100 percent better. The neighbors are behind the project," City Controller Linda Moeller told the board after reading the proposal.

Terry Ginkins said the planting of the new landscaping, which will be done by Grantline Garden Center, is weather related. He said the entrance will also include an historic designation marker.

"It's going to be a nice little project," Ginkins said. "I think it will look good, but it's right across from New Albany High School so it should look good. A lot of people visit the school."

NEW TARC BUS STOP

TARC will add a new bus stop pad in front of Culbertson Baptist Church near the intersection of Grant Line Road and Hausfeldt Lane in the next few weeks. TARC and the city are actually teaming up to add a sidewalk on Grant Line, near the bus stop, to the front of the church.

City Engineer Larry Summers said the hope is to eventually connect the sidewalk with IU Southeast.

In other business:

• A portion of Jackson Street will be closed for three days, beginning today, so crews can dig a hole and test ground water in preparation for future sewer work in the area.

• Jared Firtzinger with Sunset Mountain Tree Service asked the board for permission to solicit business by going door-to-door. However, the board told him a city ordinance prohibits door-to-door solicitation, but did allow him to leave information on doors.

The board told Firtzinger that residents will call police if someone is soliciting business, which is why the ordinance was put in place.

• Indiana American Water recently made emergency repairs at 161 Cherry St., and at Fourth and E. Oak streets. They also plan to replace a hydrant on Dewey Street.

Chris Morris is an assistant editor at the News and Tribune. Contact him via email at chris.morris@newsandtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NAT_ChrisM.

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