Kenton OKs bid for mowing town property

Kenton OKs bid for mowing town property

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:26 pm

Things went much smoother Tuesday night for the Kenton mayor and board of alderemen, compared to a meeting earlier this month involving bids to mow city-owned property.
It was at the board’s meeting on March 1 that a group of citizens spoke out against the board’s move to discontinue mowing the grass at the city’s ballpark off Highway 45.
The city’s financial crisis prompted board members to consider handing over the mowing responsibilities at the city ballpark to volunteers in the city’s summer recreation program. Several of those volunteers showed up at the council’s March 1 meeting opposed to that plan.
The issue was debated at length at the March 1 meeting, until it was decided to delay any decision until Tuesday night.
At a called meeting Tues-day night,  board members voted to accept a bid of $300 per mowing from Eddie Watkins, who did the city’s mowing this past year. The city will actually pay $225 of the $300 cost per mowing while the summer recreation program officials agreed to pay $75 per mowing for the ballpark.
The board’s vote to accept Watkins’ bid was unanimous and the compromise between the city and the summer recreation program pleased both sides, according to Mayor Virginia Davidson.
It has been estimated that the main mowing season for the city lasts from April through late June or early July. It is during that period most games are scheduled at the ballpark.
Tuesday night’s called board meeting lasted only about 10 minutes.
A second item on the board’s agenda was the need for a new roof or roof repairs to the city’s community center.
It was at the same March 1 meeting that the boardlooked at bids ranging from $29,160 to $42,200 for a new roof on the community center and decided to put off a decision.
At Tuesday night’s called meeting, the board decided to look into the cost of a metal roof for the community center.
The board is expected to consider bids for a metal roof at its next regularly scheduled meeting, which is set for April 5.
Published in The Messenger 3.16.11

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