$1.2 Million More for Mowing! With the additional revenue of $1.34 million the City acquired from raising taxes in July, City Council quickly spent it on a contractor charging $1.2 Million More for Mowing than another bid by Georgia Management Agency whose references were adequately good.
Optech Monette, the only lawn mowing ROW service provider the City has ever used, cited an “Excellent Working relationship” for the reason to pay significantly more, even though they did Not score “Excellent” in the proposal, but “good”.
The Mayor questioned if the savings were worth the risk on our staff’s judgment if they are qualified or not. The contract has a cancellation clause if the work is not satisfactory.
Council Candidate for Post #6 Tom Radford stated “this is an irresponsible waste of taxpayers money…Both contractors qualified and both had “good” referrals. We are talking about mowing the lawn here. How could anyone be this much more qualified?” Then Radford asked the council, “how many subdivisions do you suppose could have been repaved for $1.2million?” Radford further indicated that city staff has the authority to hold contractors accountable to perform services within the scope of the contract.
Radford’s opponent, the incumbent for Post #6 Steve Broadbent, voted in favor for paying the additional $1.2 million for lawn service. Mayor Bodker, Cori Davenport & Bob Gray also voted in favor of Optech.
Lenny Zaprowski was the only council member that supported saving the city money by going with another mowing company that was half the price!
Nancy Reinecke spoke out at city hall concerning this contract. She stated that Optech is frequently seen mowing the garbage along the road and do not pick it up, and the magnitude of the price difference was so extraordinary that it should make the Council think of the taxpayers.
The next contract the council approved was for the Parks Maintenance.
Precision Landscape Management bid for 3 yrs was $2,286,000, Optech Monette $3,297,000.
Parks staff recommended Precision. Why? Optech does not use separate mowers on the playing fields and thereby spreads weed seeds from the right of way mowing. The Parks want to use Precision mowing who will use different mowers for the playing fields to minimize weed spread.
Wow, for bidding $1 million more, you’d think Optech would use different mowers? Precision also includes a licensed plumber, electrician, & architect and will do fence repairs, etc and still cost less. Has our Government Gone Wild?
Mayor Bodker apologized to Optech Monette during the council meeting for not approving their bid for parks.
Optech Monette, LLC $2,745,332Georgia Management Agency $1,460,508