Mayor seeks outside contracts to cut city grass

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson is asking the city council to spend more than 100 thousand dollars to cut grass around the city.

FOX10 News talked to the public works director Monday who said his crews need outside help.

During the summer months the city’s grass grows just as fast as yours, but city officials say understaffed public works crews can’t keep up with the cutting schedule.

“Think about your yard. We all know in Mobile Alabama you can’t go more than a couple of weeks at the most without cutting your grass in the spring and summer time. And we’ve gone three, four weeks in some of the parks,” Bill Harkins said.

Public works director Harkin said there are more than a thousand parcels of city parks and land that need to be cut every week.

“None of us were happy with the performance we were doing, I wasn’t, the mayor, my grass cutters,” he said.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson has a proposal that will ensure the grass cutting stays on schedule. He wants to contract the work out to three private companies for the next few months.

The private contracts will cost the city more than 112 thousand dollars.

  • All Pro Landscaping & Lawn Care, Inc. ($87,797.22)
  • Eric’s Lawn Care, LLC ($14,980.00)
  • Complete Management Group, LLC ($9,520.00)

“When you extrapolate how many man hours is put in, and the used to me I think it’s reasonable,” Harkins said.

And Harkins and the mayor are hoping city council members will agree.

The largest of the three contracts would go to:

All Pro Landscaping & Lawn Care, Inc. ($87,797.22)
It would include cutting:

Government Street/Highway 90 from just east of Eslava Creek to Bellingrath Road.
Airport Boulevard from Florida Street to west of Dawes Road.
University Boulevard/Demetropolis Road from Moffett Road to Highway 90.
Dauphin Street from Mobile Street to McGregor Avenue.
Dauphin Island Parkway from Gossan Street to Faye Street.
Michigan Avenue from S. Borad Street to California Street.
Downtown: Canal Street, S. Claiborne Street, S. Conception Street, Water Street, Beauregard Street, N. Lawrence Street, N. Broad Street.

Eric’s Lawn Care,m LLC ($14,980.00)
Hillcrest Road from Airport Boulevard to Girby Road
Springhill Avenue from N. Catherine Street to Mobile Street.

Complete Management Group, LLC ($9,520.00)
Cottage Hill Road from Montlimar Creek to Hillcrest Road.

The city council is expected to vote on the contracts at Tuesday city council meeting.

  • All Pro Landscaping & Lawn Care, Inc. ($87,797.22)
  • Eric’s Lawn Care, LLC ($14,980.00)
  • Complete Management Group, LLC ($9,520.00)

The city council is expected to vote on the contracts at Tuesday’s meeting.

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