Scottdale approves grass-cutting pact
After a few failed attempts to get a company with whom Scottdale Council felt comfortable to take care of the grass cutting throughout the borough, a new contract was awarded at a meeting May 13 to Muellerleile Landscaping of Mt. Pleasant.
Scottdale had awarded a three-year, grass-cutting contract in 2012 to Stash-Scape out of Dunbar. The company's bid at that time was $12,000 for last year; $12,250 for this year; and $13,000 for 2014.
Borough officials, including those with the parks and recreation committee, began expressing dissatisfaction with Stash-Scape late last summer. Some of the reasons cited were not mowing all of the stipulated property; not mowing as often as borough officials thought should be mowed; and not cleaning up grass clippings.
So in March, the borough took advantage of the clause in the contract that says if for any reason Stash-Scape failed to fulfill its obligations in a timely manner, the borough had the right to terminate the contract by giving written notification five days before termination.
At council's meeting in March, members agreed to award a two-year, grass-cutting contract to Dust Bunnies Maintenance of Scottdale, which submitted the low bid of $11,400 this year and $11,400 for 2014.
Councilman Bud Santimyer said Dust Bunnies Maintenance failed to secure its bonding, so the borough had to look into another company.
“We had to get Muellerleile to do two cuttings for us already, so at our meeting (May 13) we approved a two-year contract with them for $13,000 a year for this year and next year,” he said.
In other business, members of the public services committee took time recently to look at more than 35 different intersections in the borough that might be considered for adding handicap curb ramps.
“We asked our engineers to look at the different intersections and prioritize them, but a number of the ones we want to do are on Loucks Avenue,” Santimyer said.
Also in other business, members of council agreed to appoint Gary Phillips, of 20 N. Grove St., to both the planning commission (term will expire on Sept. 1, 2016) and the vacancy board. There is no set term for the vacancy board seat.
Also, the Scottdale Chamber of Commerce was given permission for businesses in the downtown area to participate in a sidewalk sale on both May 31 and June 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Scottdale Fireman's Fair is set for June 10-16 with the parade scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 12. Council approved free downtown parking the week of the fair.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
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