Township awards bids for maintenance issues

FLINT TWP. — The Township Board of Trustees approved awarding bids for snow plowing of township properties, cutting of noxious weeds and lawn maintenance of township properties at its Jan. 24 meeting.

The board agreed for the township to enter a contractual agreement with Fick Excavating, Inc. of Swartz Creek for the snow plowing of township properties. Three companies submitted bids for the snow plowing, including Snappy Lawn & Landscape of Grand Blanc and United Lawnscape, Inc. of Grand Blanc. Fick Excavating was the lowest bidder for plowing at $335, and salting at $670. Snappy Lawn & Landscape was the second lowest bidder with $600 for plowing and $560 for salting.

In a memo to Supervisor Karyn Miller and Clerk Kim Courts, Economic Enhancement Director Tracey Tucker wrote that Flint Township has been using Fick Excavating “for quite a while and we haven’t had any problems that haven’t been corrected. They have noted that the prices quoted are good through April 2013.” Tucker wrote that Snappy Lawn & Landscape said the salt quote of $560 would not exceed that amount, but that the company did not guarantee their prices through 2013.

Along with snow plowing, the Board of Trustees also awarded a bid for cutting of noxious weed to Mike’s Services in Flint Township. Tucker said that the bidding for noxious weed cutting resulted in four bidders and of the four, Mike’s Services and Michigan DPW were the two lowest bidders. Mike’s Services, which is currently used by Flint Township, charges the township $40 an hour, but no additional fees for debris disposal or cleanup.

“We haven’t had any problems with the company. If an issue arises, it is taken care of immediately,” Tucker wrote.

Michigan DPW’s bid came in at $42 an hour, plus an additional charge of $5 per yard for debris disposal if needed. The other two bidders on the noxious weed cutting were Snappy Lawn & Landscape and United Lawnscape, Inc.

The final bid approved by the Board of Trustees was for lawn maintenance of township properties. Five companies sent in bids for the job and of the five, the board voted to go with Michigan DPW. The bid called for the lawn maintenance of the Carman-Ainsworth Senior Center, the Flint Township Police Department facility and the township park. Michigan DPW’s bid came in at $185 for cutting all three properties.

“We have never contracted with this company before, but their bid is considerably lower than the other bidders,” Tucker wrote in her memo. “We may wish to try them for a year with an option for automatic continuation for the second year.”

The other bidders for lawn maintenance were Snappy Lawn & Landscape at $347; Fick Excavating, Inc. at

$355, Mike’s Services at $292.50; and

United Lawnscape, Inc. at $505.0

The next meeting of the Flint Township Board of Trustees is 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Township Hall, 1490 S. Dye Rd. Details: Call 810-732-1350 or visit

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