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Oregon is seeking input on designs to improve landscaping in the front of the municipal complex on Seaman Street.

“We had talked about improving the landscaping as you walk into this building out front – the trees, bushes and shrubs,” Mayor Mike Seferian said to council at a meeting on Monday. “It’s hard to keep weeds out of the grounds we have now. I’m willing to listen to further input. We did get a price [quote] and drawing from Woodville Nursery [for landscaping] that is easy to maintain.”

The cost of the project, he added, was about $20,000. Woodville Nursery did not charge for its proposed design.

“It entails a lot of work. Even though we would have the ability to do that, does council have any objections to going forward with that improvement before we actually did something?” asked Seferian.

Councilwoman Sandy Bihn said she would like to see more price quotes on the project.

“Did we ask other people to give us a proposal as well so we could compare it?” she asked.

Seferian said there were no other quotes.

“That’s hard to do. We haven’t in the past,” said Seferian. “Anytime we did it, we considered it a professional service. Then we got to the point where…we had to pay for the design.”

“It just concerns me that others in the community provide these services, and we haven’t reached out to them…to see what they would charge or suggest,” said Bihn. “It’s not that it’s a bad proposal.”

Bihn said the city received more than one quote and design when improvements were made along Navarre Avenue.

“We reached out to people. It just seems to me we ought to be getting a quote from someone else as well,” she said.

“That doesn’t come so easily,” said Seferian. “There’s a lot of work in putting it together. It’s a fairly costly thing, but it’s a lot of work, too. That’s why I asked. It’s not a secret. You yourself said it doesn’t look so sharp walking in here.”

“It’s better now than it was a long time ago when the weeds were all growing and the bushes were all bad,” said Bihn. “It’s not as good as it could be, but not as awful as it used to be.”

Councilman Steve Hornyak said he would like to see the project proposal.

“Something I would like to see, before we commit to spending money on the project, is maybe get a look at what the project proposal is,” said Hornyak. “I’d like to see what we’re approving if we have a rendering.”

Seferian said he just wanted further input on the project and to find out if council agreed to move forward.



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