More mowing on secondary streets in Peachtree City

Peachtree City is beefing up its mowing schedule for secondary streets.

Perhaps more significantly, the city is putting in more money to start mowing 73 areas that had been abandoned when the city drastically cut back its mowing schedule and a host of public works employees to save more than $900,000.

The City Council earlier this week discussed a need to address the frequency of mowing in some areas, and a citizen complained at a budget meeting about an area near her home that has gone completely unmowed.

The 73 locations which had been abandoned on the city’s mowing schedule will be mowed once every two months. But because they have become so overgrown, the city’s landscaping contractor is charging more for the first mowing: approximately $8,000.

In total, the new changes to the landscaping contract will cost $14,728 for the remainder of the budget year. That money will come from the city council contingency fund.
Council voted unanimously for the changes at Thursday night’s meeting.

Hotels
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Careful with Change Orders

I know the company that had won for many years the contract to maintain the grounds of the ATL Airport. Each year the company kept the contract as the "lowest bidder". At renewal a year or so back I assisted a company in attempting to get the contract. They lost again to the same lowest bidder who came in with a number that frankly would lose them tons of money. Shortly thereafter I was given the opportunity to meet with the winner and confidentially I was told - It's not about the contract, it’s about the add-ons.. These people quickly find that the base contract in no way covers the needs of the facility and each year I make my profit on the hundreds of add-ons. In fact, these add-ons are so substantial that they equal almost 40% of the base contract. Way more than the company would make had they understood their true scope when the bid package comes out.

Our leaders need to make sure they keep good records to determine how much really was saved for this cost cutting measure that has really put the beauty and upkeep of our city at such risk. Outsourcing is not always the right move.

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The city is getting to look pretty neglected in some areas. A good mowing is way overdue. I'm just wondering, how does the city feel about the citizens doing a mowing on their yards every two months? Do you think that code enforcement would go along with it?

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