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The Suburbanite
  • Price tag deters bridge branding in Green

  • Council members said “No way!” to the $1.3 million price tag of branding bridges in the city.

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  • Council members said “No way!” to the $1.3 million price tag of branding bridges in the city.
    During its regular meeting June 25, council denied a proposal to enter into a contract with OHM Advisors at a cost of $74,250. Council voted down the proposal 5-2 after getting the $1.3 million cost estimate for the branding construction costs (signs, street lights and rails) for the four bridges.
    Council members Jim Colopy and Dave France were the only supporting votes.
    Several members of Council voiced their concern.
    “I’m not opposed to the concept itself of trying to brand the city to make it attractive to business,” Council member Chris Humphrey said, “but perhaps it’s a matter of timing in terms of priorities.”
    Council member Ken Knodel agreed.
    “I understand the value of this and I think I concur with Chris,” Knodel said. “There could be some value to it at some point in time but, until we see where we are with the road program and continuing the with our storm water programs, I personally believe that this needs to be put on the back burner.”
    Mayor Dick Norton reacted to the proposal being denied.
    “I think it’s shortsighted,” Norton said. “I think members of Council got some feedback that said ‘Gee, why are you doing that?’ And I don’t think they did a very good job of educating them. … It doesn’t appear, from my perspective, that (council) took that opportunity to educate (community members) of the wisdom of it.”
    In other business June 25, council:
    • Passed a resolution awarding a contract to Northstar Asphalt for the repair and repaving project of Heckman Road, Shriver Road and Arlington Ridge East at a cost of $719,951.65. This project has not yet been scheduled. See the city website cityofgreen.org for road construction updates.
    • Passed a resolution awarding a contract to Mark Schaffer Excavating & Trucking for the CAK Port Green Project at a cost of $3.59 million. This project is a new roadway from Greensburg Road to the Global Gateway. The project includes the new roadway, sanitary sewer, water lines and storm water management.
    • Passed a resolution accepting the final site plan for Heritage Crossings. It includes three buildings in addition to the Acme Store. Construction is expected to begin in July 2013 and be completed by July 2014.
    • Passed a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a service agreement with Granicus, Inc for the City Council’s E-council project. Total cost of the software and training is just over $35,000. The software program will be used by the City Council and the City Administration and will allow the Council and Administration to track projects and the status of council legislation. Full training of the software for the council members and administration will take three months.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Scheduled for 7 p.m July 9 regarding a rezoning classification request of approximately 80 acres of land at 1102 and 1184 Boettler Road from R-1 (Single-Family Residential) to PD (Planned Development) for the proposed Transitions Senior Living Center.
    Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 9 at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.