DYERSVILLE, Iowa – Dyersville City Council has split its mowing contract between two companies.
While 70% of the job remains with J & J Lawn Care, Rick’s mowing and snow removal has been outsourced for the remainder of the work.
“We’re going to try something new this year and see how well it works,” said city administrator Mick Michel.
Of the nearly 180 acres the city needs to be mowed each week, J&J will cover Westside Park and most of the smaller lots, while Rick’s will handle the sewage treatment plant, school, several trenches, and some of the larger lots.
The J&J contract is $ 35,200 a year and Rick’s $ 15,000.
Overall, the cost of the annual contract increased by approximately $ 5,000 year over year, an increase of 11%.
Michel said most of the increase was due to additional mobilization costs as two contracts were signed instead of one.
None of the contracts were put out to tender this year, but the Council could request that the contract be put out to tender next year.