After a lengthy debate county commissioners approved sending out for bid the privatization of part of the county’s road-side grass cutting.
The bid will be issued for mowing service in Sherry Taylor’s District Five as a pilot program to determine if mowing costs can be lowered.
County administrator Robert Presnell explained the reason behind his request for just one district in the bid. He said that over the past several years the county had placed the mowing service out on a countywide bid and had only received one bid.
That bid, he said, was higher than it cost the county to mow the roadsides.
Presnell stated that the mowing cycle for the four tractors now used to cut roadsides was once every six weeks.
In the past commissioners have requested a quicker turn-around for mowing.
Presnell wanted to try bidding out one district this time to see if they could get a number of bidders to reply.
Taylor offered to let the bidding go out for another district saying the idea was that if one district was privatized it would free-up the mowers to move quicker among the remaining districts.
The board did not change the district and allowed Presnell to proceed with the bid.
The issue will be back before the board once the bid process is completed.