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Non-local landscape contractor chosen for Clinton project

By Randy Bell

A Ridgeland company has been awarded a contract to overhaul the landscaping along the Clinton Parkway, after last year’s drought left many of the plants dead or dying. The City will pay Trisler Landscape $47,298.79 to install new trees, shrubs, roses and grass in the ten parkway median traffic islands from Mississippi College to just south of Cynthia Street. The company will also provide organic planting mix and hardwood mulch.

Last month, the Board of Aldermen voted to modify and readvertise the project, after the only bid that met the specifications was about twice as much as the City was prepared to pay. The work originally was to have included drought-damaged landscaping at the two I-20 interchanges, as well as along the parkway.

The work on the interstate will now be handled separately, and the City determined that some of the plants on the parkway initially targeted for removal are still alive and won’t need to be replaced.

City crews will be responsible for removing dead plants, and Trisler will have ninety days to complete its work.

“They’re going to have to look for a good week to do all the installation,” says Director of Parks and Recreation Courtney Nunn.

The new plants will include purple Mulhy grass, Sunshine ligustrum, coral, pink and red Drift rose, glossy abelia, Shi-Shi Garshira and Pink Snow camellia, Bonfire Encore azalea, Sweet Bay magnolia, purple leaf plum, bay laurel, crimson pygmy barberry and St. Augustine sod.

Ward 4 Alderman Chip Wilbanks wanted a Clinton company chosen to do the work and voted against giving the contract to Trisler. He said a committee which scored the bids looked at a number of criteria, including the location of the company.

“It just seemed to me that companies that are in the metro area but not in Clinton should not be at the same value as a company that’s been here,” Wilbanks said. “So, I think it’s a mistake.”

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