By Trevor Busch
Four benches earlier approved by town council for installation on downtown bulb-outs has now been increased to eight.
In late April, council had approved the installation of four benches at amaximum cost of $5,500 with funds allocated from the Council Discretionary Fund.
At council’s May 27 meeting, public works director Gary Scherer explained that multiple smaller benches could be secured for roughly the same price as four larger benches, and was looking for council’s direction.
“From council’s direction, we’ve been asked to put up some benches in the downtown area in the bulb-outs for $5,500. You didn’t say what benches, so we’ve brought you some benches to look at, whatever you prefer. The actual locations, it depends on what you pick, because the cost is very diverse, anywhere from $1,400 down to $416.”
Coun. Mark Garner, who initiated the original request and motion, agreed that installing more benches at a lower cost would make sense.
“Having read this report, I concur completely with Public Works, and I think the best option is to go with a smaller bench because those bulb-outs — from what I can see — are getting very populated with flower pots and lots of different things. I think it’s a great suggestion coming to us from administration to go with those smaller benches, and to put them on more bulb-outs.”
Council voted unanimously to rescind the previous motion designating the installation of four benches, and then approved a follow-up motion for the installation of eight smaller benches with the cost not to exceed $5,500.