West Kittanning getting bids for mowers of overgrown lawns
West Kittanning will solicit bids from landscapers for its annual program to cut lawns of properties not kept up by their owners.
Councilman Ken Trudgen said the borough usually mows six or seven properties per summer, paying contractors upfront and then billing the property owners. If the bill isn't paid, a lien is put on the property. The charge for the service is $100 per hour.
Usually, getting billed once is enough to get property owners to keep their lawns mowed, Trudgen said.
“That bill always tends to get their attention,” Trudgen said. “Four out of five times, if someone got billed when we cut their grass, they made sure they took care of it.”
Borough Secretary Carly Cowan said the overgrown grass is cut when neighbors complain about it.
Mayor James Sobiski said the borough should use its public works crew to tend to overgrown lawns, instead of paying contractors to do it.
“When I worked on the borough road crew, we went out and cut the grass,” Sobiski said. “I don't think we should be paying anyone else to do it.”
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or email@example.com.
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