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Bids will set Hilliard's Station Park plans in motion

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Hilliard officials were expected to learn on March 13 the cost to build Hilliard's Station Park.

Hilliard began advertising for bids Feb. 13 and will open the sealed bids at 2 p.m. March 13, said Butch Seidle, the city's public-services director.

The Franklin County Engineer's Office's estimate for the project is $4.3 million, and the city has set aside $5 million for the project in the 2014 capital-improvements budget.

"We want to get it moving this year," Seidle said.

A contract resolution, lacking a contractor's name and amount, was introduced at the March 10 meeting of City Council's planning, projects and services committee.

Once the lowest and best bid is determined, the contractor and amount will be added to the resolution. City Council will be required to amend the resolution March 24, when it is expected to be adopted.

Mayor Don Schonhardt has spoken often in the past about the scope and nature of Hilliard's Station Park, which will be adjacent to First Responders Park.

While First Responders Park is a memorial, Station Park, on the opposite side of Main Street at Center Street, will be a recreational area for concerts, festivals, exhibitions and other special events.

The park's name is a nod to the founder of the city, John Reed Hilliard, and its railroad heritage. Hilliard was founded in 1853 and was first known as Hilliard's Station.

In other action at the committee meeting, Seidle announced bids would be opened March 20 in connection with a new three-year contract for solid-waste disposal and recycling services.

The current contract with Rumpke expires June 30.

An ordinance awarding the contract to the lowest and best bidder will be presented to City Council March 24, but is expected to be referred back to the city planning, projects and services committee for further discussion, Seidle said.

The maneuver allows the ordinance to return to City Council for a second reading and public hearing April 14.

Bids also will be opened March 20 for the purchase of new containers for solid waste and recyclable materials because the city will switch to automated service beginning July 1.

The companion ordinance for the purchase of containers will be considered on the same schedule as the contract for the refuse collection and recycling provider.

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