Greenville DDA to hold special meeting to pick contractor

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:41 am on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has set up a special meeting to choose a contractor to spruce up the downtown.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Greenville City Hall.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the DDA received three responses regarding the flower beds in downtown Greenville.

According to Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden, he sent out about 30 letters to businesses and people possibly in the landscape business who might be interested in redoing the beds. Of the 30, only three responded – no one from in Greenville.

The interested businesses included Horrocks Nursery Farms Inc. in Ionia, True Builders Inc. in Cedar Springs and River Ridge Landscape in Cedar Springs.

“We do have three very good contractors here,” Van Wyngarden said to the DDA.

Although the DDA did not request the companies to attend Tuesday’s meeting, Matt Horrocks of Horrocks Nursery Farms did attend to answer any questions members might have.

The goal at Tuesday’s meeting was to look over the proposals and approve a company the DDA felt comfortable with doing the project. However, members did not feel comfortable making a decision after only talking to one of the businesses and not the others.

“These are public dollars,” said Mayor John Hoppough. “I want to make sure we make the right decision.”

DDA members want to make sure they are getting flowers that will look nice and benefit the downtown, but their main concern is learning how to maintain the beds so the DDA does not have to spend a lot of money a couple years down the road.

When Van Wyngarden asked for proposals, the three came in between $15,000 and $20,000. He then asked each company to submit proposals closer to $10,000, which all three did.

Because Horrocks attended Tuesday’s meeting, the DDA asked him questions related to his proposal and the future of the beds.

At next Tuesday’s special meeting, the DDA plans to ask the same questions, compare the proposals and pick a contractor.

From there, a small committee will be formed from the DDA to work with the contractor on the design.

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