GREENVILLE — For the first time, the city of Greenville has decided to split up its property and solicit mowing bids to give smaller businesses a chance to bid.
During Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council approved awarding mowing bids from three different companies.
The city has 3.7 million square feet of area that it split, said City Manager George Bosanic
“What we have done is split it into 10 different options,” Bosanic said, noting not only could bigger companies bid on the options — or on the whole project — but also smaller companies could bit on the smaller options.
After looking at the bids that came in, Bosanic said three companies had bid as the lowest bidders.
“When you add them up, it’s in the city’s best interest to break them up,” Bosanic said.
The council approved to award the bids to First Class Seasonal Solutions LLC of Rockford as the lowest bidder for options four, five and eight in the amount of $16,210, ORBE Inc. of Six Lakes as the lowest bidder for options one, three, six, seven, nine and 10 in the amount of $21,685.62 and Wolverine Landscaping Inc. of Stanton as the lowest bidder for option two in the amount of $6,440.
The total project will cost $44,335.62 and the contractors are three-year contracts.
Councilwoman Jeanne Cunliffe asked how soon the contractors would start as city lawns need mowing now.
Bosanic said the contracts say June 1, however, if contractors are able to start before then, they will. If not, the city will be maintaining the lawns until they can.
“Is the price an annual fee,” Councilman Mark Lehman asked.
Bosanic clarified the $44,335.62 is an annual fee the city will have to pay each year of the contract.