Parkland Press

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Township seeks help with mowing

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by susan rumble Special to The Press in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have given Director of Public Works Jeff Clapper permission to advertise for 2018 lawn mowing services.

At the board’s Dec. 6 meeting, Clapper said he wants to give contractors a chance to see the mowing sites before they become snow covered.

Bids will be done after Jan. 1, 2018.

Clapper said outside help will be used at 50 locations scattered throughout the township.

He commented on the work to be done by non-township workers.

“These will be at small sites or detention basins that beat up our equipment or the ones far away from our shop to save transport time,” Clapper said. “We have $75,000 budgeted which includes trimming.

“There will be an estimated 30 cuttings from April to October.

“It will be structured as a three-year contract beginning with the 2018 price.

“Then they can give proposals for 2019 and 2020.”

He noted having outside firms mow the detention ponds will save on township equipment.

“Our mechanics spend a lot of time on mowers going in detention ponds,” Clapper said.

He reported leaf pick-up is unusual this year as so many leaves are still on the trees.

“I have a really sad feeling we’ll probably be plowing leaves this year,” Clapper said.

In other business, township Manager Renee Bickel reported the recreation hall near Wehr’s Dam at Covered Bridge Park has been demolished.

Once used for social events and youth activities, the hall had deteriorated in recent years and was no longer serving township needs.

Testing before removal found no asbestos.

“The rec hall is gone,” Bickel said. “There is no sign of it now.”