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Palmyra opens bids for senior center

The town council of Palmyra officially opened bids for a senior citizens center at its monthly meeting Thursday night.
Ten bids were presented, and each bid included two alternate bids, the first for a flagpole and the second for extra light posts in the center’s parking lot. Four Louisville firms presented bids. Frontier Enterprise had a base bid of $669,000, with a first alternate of $3,600 and second alternate of $7,400; Kevco Construction had a base bid of $655,300 and a first alternate of $2,699 and second alternate of $10,629; Woodbine Construction Co. had a base bid of $636,400 with alternate bids of $1,800 and $12,500; Versatile Construction had a base bid of $593,865 and a first alternate of $3,950 and second alternate of $7,500. The remaining bids were made by firms in Indiana, from places like Jasper, Sellersburg, Salem and New Albany. The three lowest base bids were Versatile Construction, Upton Pry Construction in New Albany, with a bid of $589,000 and alternates of $1,800 and $10,900, and James L. Shireman Inc. construction company in Corydon, with a base bid of $498,000 and alternates of $3,500 and $8,000.
No action was taken on the bid selections; they will be reviewed at a later date.
In other Palmyra town board business, board president Alvin Brown expressed his concern, for the second month in a row, about fellow board member Jenny Kirkham’s salary supplement due to her appointment on the Harrison County Solid Waste Management board.
Brown said he is not in favor of board members supplementing their income in such a way and asked town counsel Shawn Donahue about overturning the previous salary ordinance. Donahue said he would research the issue and report back.
The next Palmyra Town Council meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Palmyra Town Hall.

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