Grass-cutting Contract Will Save Twp. $8K

Township saving money on service in second year of privatized lawn care.

Montville Township is planning to save some money this year on lawn care after the committee discussed awarding a bid that came in $8,000 less than what the township paid last year to an outside contractor.

Township Administrator Victor Canning shared the cost figures with township committee members Tuesday night and said the lowest responsible bid came in this year at $41,327 for grass-cutting by Cutting Edge Lawn & Landscaping, compared with $49,373 paid to an outside company last year. This represents a 16 percent reduction, Canning said.

This year will be the second that the township has privatized grass-cutting in an effort to save money. Canning was pleased that the township was able to receive a bid that lowered the cost even further than previously.

"[It is] an $8,000 savings to do the same work that we were doing last year," Canning said.

Maxim Sapozhnikov October 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Good move! Now, what other municipal services can we contract out?
john rosellini October 24, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Max, great cost savings maybe??? My understanding is that last year's contractor did not have the equipment to do the job and used Montville Township's equipment which you, myself, and all of Montville's taxpayers paid for. Who paid for the wear and tear/repairs on our equipment? Maybe that is in the bid specs, not sure, but If this is our policy, then I should bid on the snowplowing contract and use a township truck and get paid!
Dan Grant October 24, 2012 at 10:50 PM
John, if that is true than the Committee essentially hired a partime time worker who used our equipment, at our risk for almost $50,000 in pay last year. I wonder if this year is the same. Putting on an additional worker at starting grade even with benefits would cost less or the same but you would have a person year round instead of paying $42,000 for the grass cutting season. From what I hear the Road Department is understaffed anyway.
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