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Clermont awards $67K contract for parking downtown
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The Clermont Town Council took steps this week to address a pressing need for additional parking downtown.

Council members voted unanimously to award a $67,000 contract to the Chattahoochee Group — a Clermont-based contractor — to construct a parking area where a building was demolished near the former town hall.

The scope of the project to which the Chattahoochee Group agreed includes lot grading, extension, resurfacing and building a retaining wall.

“This will give us a total of 30 parking spaces,” Mayor Jim Nix said after the council meeting Tuesday night. “We really need more parking downtown.”

Chattahoochee Group was the only company to submit a bid.

Nix said he’s not surprised at getting a single bid because contractors are busy throughout the area following severe damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irma last month. Nix said he has three properties that suffered roof damage that he’s still waiting to get repaired.

“Getting a contractor is difficult right now,” he said.

Council members agreed that the price quoted by Chattahoochee is fair given the amount of work to do.

Council also agreed unanimously to release Friday a request for proposal to do sidewalk repairs in the Mountains subdivision.