The price of grounds maintenance services in the city of Rosenberg have gone up significantly.
But then again, so have the scope of facilities.
At the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, council members awarded a contract for the city’s ground maintenance services.
Ground maintenance services are currently provided at Rosenberg City Hall, the Rosenberg Police Department, the Rosenberg Civic & Convention Center, Rosenberg Fire Departments No. 1, 2 and 3, the Rosenberg cemetery, water plants and lift station.
City council awarded the contract to lowest bidder Landscape Professionals of Texas, in the amount of $75,556.
Council member Kevin Raines asked if this price goes up annually.
“Do we reach a breaking point where we get our own crew?” Raines inquired.
Assistant City Manager Joyce Vasut revealed that last year’s grounds maintenance services contact was $60,489.
“So it’s gone up $15,000 in one year?” Mayor Bill Benton asked.
City Manager John Maresh said the scope changed as city staff added more facilities to the contract.
“Is there ever a point where we take it back in-house?” Raines asked.
Benton noted that Lamar Consolidated ISD uses an in-house ground maintenance crew.
“They have a much higher property tax also,” Maresh replied.
Benton laughed, adding that point was very well taken. LCISD’s property tax rate is 1.32 cents per $100 valuation, compared to the city’s current tax rate of 41.5 cents per $100 valuation.
Council member Jacob Balderas then made a motion to award the contract for grounds maintenance services to Landscape Professionals of Texas. The motion was seconded by council member Richard Olson and passed unanimously.
The one-year contract begins Oct. 1.
The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference on Sept. 1.
Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.
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