The Hailey City Council last week took Hailey gardener Sallie Hansen up on her offer to plant and maintain the center of the circular roundabout at the corner of Fox Acres Road and Woodside Boulevard.
The city took public bids for the project, which came in from $45,000 to $47,000, based on a $1,000 design made by landscape designer Kathy Noble.
Hansen offered to use city equipment and personnel and manage the project for free. Hailey City Administrator Heather Dawson said Hansen’s donation of time and expertise will save the city $30,000.
The 40-by-50-foot oval planting section in the center of the roundabout will be filled with hundreds of plants and hooked up to automatic irrigation lines. The city will pay for planting materials, adding an additional $10,000 to the $5,000 already spent on compost and work crews to install soils into the roundabout center.
Hansen’s Potting Shed Gardeners will undertake the roundabout planting project as part of the city’s Adopt-a-Park program. The program engages local landscaping companies as sponsors who get to showcase their work while doing the city a good deed.
On Monday, Nov. 18, the City Council voted to deny any further bids on the project and allow Hansen to plant the roundabout in the spring.
“It’s a pretty good deal,” Mayor Fritz Haemmerle said.
Haemmerle said the money the city saves could be spent on increased holiday lighting along Main Street.
Eight other parks in Hailey are maintained by private companies, which saves the city many thousands of dollars in park maintenance costs.
Dawson said she is in the process of determining the exact amount that the city saves from these donations.
“It’s enormous,” she said.
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