FLINT TWP. — To cut costs, some township board members balked at renewing contracts for grass and weed cutting services this year.
At its April 2 meeting, the board consideredaalawnmaintenance contract with Michigan DPW of Flushing and a separate contract for weed control provided by Mike’s Lawn Service on Bristol Road.
The DPW contract renewal added seven new work areas including entrances to the new walking trail, a ditch at the senior citizens center and grassy areas near signs at Bristol/I-69 and Corunna/Graham roads, behind Toys R Us on Charter Drive and Riverview Canoe.
The original contract covered the police station at $60 per cut, the seniors citizens center at $65 per cut and the township park at $60 per cut.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said it is all property owned by the township and someone has to mow it.
Costs for twice monthly mowing of the additional areas ranged from $35 to $175.
Trustee Belenda Parker said she would not support the contract renewal because the original contract stipulated that is was only for one year.
“In all fairness, I think we need to accept (new) bids on these projects,’’ Parker said.
Trustee Frank Kasle agreed and suggested that the additional projects be separated from the contract renewal and put up for bid as Parker suggested.
The contract renewal was then approved in a 4-2 vote with Parker and Trustee Barb Vert dissenting. Trustee George Menoutes was absent.
The board unanimously approved a second motion to bid out the new projects.
The board also voted 4-2 to renew the contract with Mike’s Lawn Service. Parker and Vert again voted no.
Parker said again that the one-year contract has expired and should not be extended without opening bidding to new companies.
Miller said the work was bid out last year and Mike’s was the low bidder.
Vert said new companies could have since started that might underbid them, given the opportunity.
Miller said the township has been pleased with Mike’s service.. “He is responsive and does what we need him to do,’’ she said.
The contract calls for cutting weeds average four or more inches tall, cleaning lots of debris and proper disposal, removing clippings from streets, public sidewalks, driveways and curbs and providing before and after photos.
Mike’s is paid $40 per hour per parcel.