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City opens bids for biggest-ever street project; meets with condemned home's owners


Shelbyville is preparing for the city's largest-ever street overlay project.


Members of the city's Board of Works on Tuesday (file photo) voted to take under advisement bids from six contractors to do the project.


Mayor Tom DeBaun, who chairs the board, asked city Engineer Matt House the nature of the work.


“And Matt, how big is this overlay?” DeBaun said.


“It's the biggest in the history of Shelbyville,” House answered.


Board member David Finkel asked House what his cost estimate of the work was, and House replied it was $1.3 million.


Following the meeting, House said the city's largest overlay project prior to this was about $350,000.


The new overlay project will include 48 streets in the city. Work is to begin later this year and continue into next year, he said.


Grant funding through the state's Community Crossings program will cover half of the cost of the new project which must be finished by next July, said House.


Bids received Tuesday were:




Paul H. Rohe Co. Inc. – $1,680,369




Robertson Paving Co. – $1,526,615




Grady Brothers Inc. – $2,260,243




Midwest Paving LLC – $1,534,713




Dave Omara Contractor Inc. – $1,638,780




Milestone Contractors – $2,030,795




In other matters, the Board of Works has given property owners Lisa and Ronnie Cameron 2 weeks to work with the city's planning department and come up with a timeline for repairing a house they own at 651 W. Franklin St.


Appearing at the meeting, the Camerons told the board they bought the house to fix up as a rental property but have not had time to do the work.


The city has condemned the structure.


And the Board of Works approved an agreement with the Southern Trace homeowners association.


Drainage work done by the city lowered the water level in a retention pond at the subdivision which led to an erosion problem.