Keeping city parks clean isn’t done inhouse. And at the Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting Tuesday, council members decided they may want to change that.

Rosenberg Parks and Recreation Director Darren McCarthy presented completed bid documents for parks maintenance.

“We trust your judgment,” Mayor Bill Benton said. “Do you think it will ever come to a point where it’s better not to contract this stuff out?”

McCarthy told council he could do a cost analysis of parks maintenance.

“The reason why some of the things were subbed would be the replacement of the mowers,” McCarthy explained. "We’d have to purchase a lot more mowers and replace them certainly more often. And you would have to add quite a few staff.

“In order to keep the staff size the same as well as the cost of fuel, maintenance and equipment, we had determined it was good to sub these particular items out.”

Benton asked McCarthy to use his judgment.

“If you think it will be beneficial to do this in-house, then let’s consider it.”

Council members agreed to accept bids for the parks grounds maintenance services for Brazos, Harwood, Macario Garcia, Riverbend, Sunset, Tony Becerra, and Travis parks. The contract will be awarded to the current contracted bidder, Yellowstone Landscape, amounting to $69,408.

The amount for the additional one-year term has been increased by $2,088. Council members awarded a contract for ground maintenance services to Landscape Professionals of Texas, amounting to $60,489.

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.

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