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The Business Improvement District (BID) approved bids for landscaping work near two parking lots in Downtown Fremont during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.

The BID Board approved two bids from Smith Scapes Landscaping for work to maintain landscape features such as rock beds, trees and shrubs located on BID controlled parking lots.

“They (Smith Scapes) do work at the (Keene Memorial) library and at May Museum as well,” Board Chairman Glen Ellis said during the meeting.

Smith Scapes bid for the Ilgenfritz Parking Lot came in at $920, which will include eight visits to the site at $115 per visit throughout the summer. The local landscaping company also won a bid to maintain rock beds nears the David Kavich Parking Ramp and Keene Square.

“They will just bill the BID directly as they do the work, so it may end up being less because it just kind of varies how many times they actually get out there,” Shannon Mullen, executive director of MainStreet Fremont, said during the meeting.

The Smith Scapes bid for the rock beds near David Kavich Parking Ramp and Keene Square came in at $520, which includes eight visits to each site at $65 per visit throughout the summer.

Along with Smith Scapes, Siffring Landscaping also entered bids for the projects and their bid for the Ilgenfritz Parking Lot came in at $1,000. Their bid for the David Kavich, Keene Square areas totaled $600.

Last year the landscaping bids were awarded to Classic Landscaping, but according to Mullen the company did not enter a bid this year due to lack of time to complete the work.

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“The Ilgenfritz Parking Lot was a little over $1,000 last year, but that is because we asked them to bring in mulch as well,” she added.

Board member Bob Missel motioned to approve the bids from Smith Scapes, and that motion was seconded by fellow board member Kevin Main. The motion was approved by a unanimous vote.

The BID Board took no other actions during the meeting and its next meeting is scheduled for noon on June 19 on the second floor of Grace Church in Downtown Fremont.



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