Lower Frederick Board Tackles Mowing Issues

LOWER FREDERICK PA – Hiring an outside contractor for mowing and other landscape maintenance on Lower Frederick-owned properties will help free up the township public works crew so its employees can devote more time to roadwork chores, and also avoid having the township buy a new mower. Problem is, initial quotes gathered by Roadmaster Tom Manning indicate that outsourcing the cutting could be expensive.

The township mows the traffic circle at Routes 29 and 73, all of its municipal parks, and various other parcels, Manning explained to the Board of Supervisors during its January meeting. Having a vendor perform the 24 or more cuttings he said are currently scheduled throughout the spring, summer and early fall might cost as much as $40,000, he estimated. Supervisors agreed they didn’t like the sound of that, and asked Manning to do more research.

According to an advance copy of the draft agenda for the supervisors’ work session, scheduled to be held tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017) at 7 p.m. in the municipal building on Spring Mount Road, outsourcing the mowing is again up for review. The agenda was posted Monday (Feb. 27) at the township Facebook page; find it here.

The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.

Also on the agenda, supervisors are expected to:

  • Continue a separate discussion about upgrading the township computer network and its central server;
  • Discuss the current closure of privately owned Berger Lane;
  • Review the township’s need for both permanent and summer work help, and how existing or future vacancies might be filled;
  • Consider a resolution regarding its proposed Montgomery County 2040 grant; and
  • Learn more about speeding concerns expressed regarding a local townhouse development.

The Post will be unable to cover the meeting in person, but hopes to have reports on some agenda items later.

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