After deciding to move forward with building an all-inclusive playground for the city of Richmond nearly six months ago, the Richmond City Commission approved a construction bid from Bluegrass Recreation Sales and Installation LLC for a total of $270,000.

"The reason this bid is the best is they have the most equipment, they have a shade structure and benches as well," Erin Moore, the city's parks board director said. "They are both very good products, but this one has more amenities making it better in the long run."

The idea came up for discussion after a nonprofit pitched the idea of building an all-inclusive playground to the city’s parks board and city commissioners in March, before the commission decided to move forward putting the project out for bid a month later.

The bid from the Danville-based company has 41 playground elements and includes five slides, seven swings, two spinning features, 11 play panels, eight climbing features and nine other pieces, including overhead, musical and freestanding items.

Bluegrass Recreation’s bid proposal quotes a six-week production time for the playground equipment, with three weeks for installation. The company said the estimated date of completion for the project would be around one month from the delivery of the equipment.

Moore said the original photo designs will potentially change along with the layout of the park to accommodate for accessibility and equipment need changes. Moore predicts installation would begin sometime in the spring.

One other bid was received from Midstates Recreation LLC, based out of New Albany, Ohio. Its bid proposal featured 32 playground elements for a cost of $267,886.25, but did not include options for the playground that its competition had.

The bid was chosen through unanimous recommendation by the city’s Parks and Recreation Board through a scoring matrix of the two bids. Both bids received were within the city's budgeted amount for the project of $300,000.

"If it is under budget, it makes it a better project," Commissioner Jason Morgan said.

Other business

• The commission voted to approve a zone change for property at 635 W. Main St. from R1-B (single family residential) to B-1 (neighborhood business).

• A proclamation was signed declaring Oct. 24 as World Polio Day by the mayor, commissioner and President Mike Sills of the Richmond Rotary Club.

• Mary Lillian Abraham's resignation of the Planning and Zoning Board was approved.

• Cameron Abney, on behalf of Central Bank, was appointed to the Architectural Review Board for the remaining term, which expires on Feb. 22, 2020.

• Michael Bryant was reappointed to the city’s Code Enforcement Board.

• The city of Richmond commission accepted the sole bid for a mobile parking enforcement solution for the police department. For the first year of operations, the two handheld devices, operations, warranty, customization and training would cost around $13,925.76. City Manager Rob Minerich said this is an alternative to installing parking meters downtown and will allow city officials to issue tickets without touching people's vehicles. It is used in Franklin County also.

The next Richmond City Commission meeting will be Oct. 22, 6 p.m., at Richmond City Hall, 239 W. Main St., Richmond.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter @TaylorSixRR.

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