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November 15, 2012

Burkesville contractor wins bid for Fountain Square beautification

Fiscal Court awards Hil-Don Inc. $760,665 contract

Somerset —  

The next to last step has been taken before work can begin on the Fountain Square Beautification Project.
Pulaski Fiscal Court, during a special meeting Wednesday, approved Hil-Don Inc., Burkes-ville, as general contractor for the $1 million renovation of the historic downtown centerpiece. Expected approval by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be the go-ahead signal for construction to begin.
The Burkesville contractor, one of four bidders during a second round of bidding, submitted a low proposal of $760,665.39. The initial bidding process in late August ended up with two bids, both more than $300,000 too high. Pulaski County has $1 million for the project –– an $800,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant and a $200,000 in-kind contribution from the county.
Hil-Don was not among the initial bidders. However, Don Davis, president of the company, and his employees are familiar with downtown Somerset and Fountain Square, having just completed the streetscape project on North Main Street.
Tiffany Bourne, community development director for Pulaski County, said she hopes construction can begin in December and be completed ahead of the first Somernites Cruise the fourth weekend in April. She said April 1 is the projected date for completion.
“(Construction) is the reason the community Christmas tree won’t be on the square this year,” Bourne said. She noted, for this year only, the Christmas tree will be on the plaza at the Pulaski Court of Justice.
A little more than $100,000 was trimmed from the Fountain Square project to bring it in line with available funds. The changes are subtle and “the public won’t notice the difference,” Bourne said.
Three crosswalks leading to the square will be marked with lines instead of pavers and some unnecessary lighting and engravings will be eliminated. Bourne said.
“We’re not eliminating the bricks,” Bourne emphasized. She was referring to the engraved bricks that are being sold by fiscal court for $250 each to help pay for the project. About 100 bricks have been sold “and we hope to sell another 100,” said Bourne.

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