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Look for changes in the city's mowing program this year

Posted March 23, 2017

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Residents should notice some improvements in the city’s mowing program over the coming weeks.

Specifically, seasonal start and end dates and mowing frequencies have been adjusted, mowing contracts have been rebid and contract compliance measures have been implemented.

Here’s what’s new for 2017:

  • The mowing season, which typically begins the first week of March, began two weeks earlier this year. This includes all traffic dividers, parks and city properties. Intersections and rights of way, which are maintained monthly, began March 1. The mowing season is being extended through November. Extending the season will cost the city an additional $158,000.
  • Mowing for traffic dividers and street medians has been increased from a 21-day cycle to a 14-day cycle. This service level improvement will incur an additional $189,000 cost.
  • Park & Recreation Department staff will more closely monitor performance by the city’s contracted mowers. More field inspections will be conducted, and any performance issues must be addressed within 48 hours.

Mowing will cost the city an additional $477,000 in the 2017 fiscal year.

To report areas that need mowing, email or call 817-392-1234.

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