The Clayton City Council agreed to pay half the lowest bid price it received to finish the Daffodil Hill project providing that the Clayton Business and Community Association put in the other half.
But $26,000 is still pricey for the association, so it opened discussions with the city-approved contractor, Stockbridge General Construction Inc., to reduce the cost.
"We are continuing discussions with the contractor," said Keith Haydon, president of the Clayton Business and Community Association. "We want them to come down a little."
Haydon said he was optimistic the association and contractor will arrive at an equitable compromise so the seven-year-old project can at last be completed.
Stockbridge General Construction was the lowest bidder for three city projects, the Clayton Road median at $263,071.50; CVS retaining wall for $27,640; and Daffodil Hill at $51,931.
The CBCA board of directors was not authorized to spend that amount, and Haydon said it was about $10,000 above the one bid the association received.
On the recommendation of the Trails and Landscaping Committee, the City Council voted to incorporate Daffodil Hill, located at the corner of Clayton and Marsh Creek roads, as part of the Landscape Maintenance District and to pay up to $26,000 for its beautification completion.
The money is to come from the Landscape Maintenance District operating funds, not the general fund.
Daffodil Hill got its name
To date, the city has put in $90,000 for the project and the CBCA has put in $65,500. Community Development Director David Woltering said the $90,000 was spent on signage and a pathway along Clayton Road.
Haydon said he expects CBCA will be announcing its acceptance of the contract in the next couple of weeks and that work will begin shortly after.
"It's going to be nice when done," Haydon said.