- New lights on square

From left, South Ward Alderman Nadine Crisp, Mayor Richard Vinson and Mitch Plummer.

Black, three-globe post lights with LED lighting soon will be installed along the four sidewalks leading to the gazebo at the center of the Seymour square after a bid for their installation was approved Thursday by the Seymour Board of Aldermen.

The winning bid came from Ron’s Electrical of Seymour for $10,250.

That bid amount is trimmed down to $9,850 as the local company agreed to sponsor one of the 12 lights for $400.

City Supervisor Mitchell Plummer said the project to install the lights could start as early as this week and could be completed by month’s end.

“I think Ron (Schrock, company owner) said it could be completed in 10 working days, so hopefully it gets done here pretty quickly,” Plummer said.

There were two bids for the electrical work.

One was the winning bid, which included all the electric wiring to be provided by the city.

The other was for $20,600 from A&L Electric, also of Seymour, as this bid didn’t include the electric supplies.

“Our cost on the wiring will be about $10,000, so these two bids are pretty close,” Plummer told the aldermen before a decision was made after both bids were opened.

The city opted to select the bid from Ron’s Electrical.

The vote was 4-0.

City Administrator Hillary Gintz said three sponsorships for the square lights remain.

Cost is $400.

To sponsor a light, contact Gintz at Seymour City Hall or call her at 417-935-4401.

Once installed, there will be 12 new, three-globe lights along the sidewalks in the Seymour Downtown Park.

Three lights will be installed along each of the four sidewalks leading to the gazebo.

“Hopefully, this gets done as quick as possible, because this is the time of year when people can really enjoy the downtown park at night, and the evenings are getting much shorter, especially once we have the time change,” North Ward Alderman William Pogue said.

“I really think it will light up our downtown at night once they are installed.”

In other city action Thursday, the aldermen:

• Awarded a bid for street paving to the Leo Journagan Construction Company of Springfield.

The winning bid was for $82,598.13.

Paved will be a stretch of West Clinton Avenue (Business 60) from Main Street westbound to just east of the Seymour Masonic Cemetery.

The paving will complete a two-part project that repaves the road between Main Street and the city’s west intersection at U.S. 60 near the McDonald’s restaurant.

APAC Central of Springfield provided the only other bid for the paving. APAC’s bid was more than $14,000 higher at $96,427.50.

Aldermen voted 4-0 to approve the Journagan bid.

The paving project will be completed this fall.

• Placed a new cemetery ordinance on the agenda for the group’s next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 22.

The new ordinance has several small changes.

Cost for burial plots and grave-opening fees were not changed.

The biggest change deals with decorative material.

Per the proposed ordinance, “The city of Seymour reserves the right to remove any material that has been placed on the lot for purposes of mowing or any other required maintenance.”

Another change includes not allowing any funerals or graveside services to start after 3 p.m.

Copies of the proposed changes to the ordinance will be available to all who attend the Oct. 22 meeting.

• Were given a brief update on the ongoing automated-metering project held with Landis & Gyr, provider of the material and technology.

Gintz and Plummer said the city now is having weekly meetings with Landis & Gyr officials.

“We’re optimistically looking at having this project done by January,” Gintz said.

Plummer reinforced her projection.

“I feel we can have it done by then,” he added.

Once completed, the city’s electric and water meters can be read electronically versus manual reading, which each month requires more than 100 hours of city labor.

• Heard that as of Thursday, the amount of material collected at the citywide cleanup was substantially lower than in past years.

Collections were at about half during the same time frame of the spring event.

“Requiring people to show their utility bills is making a difference, isn’t it?” Pogue asked. “We’re not having people come from out of town and abuse the system.”

Gintz and Plummer said they felt that could be the case.

“People who are coming aren’t complaining about having to show who they are,” Plummer said. “We were worried that some folks might give us a hard time, but they haven’t.”

The cleanup ended at 5 p.m. Sunday.

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