Mullinex Lawn Services Inc. had the winning bid for the 2003 mowing contract with the Brazil Park and Recreation Board. The bids from three lawn care contractors were discussed at last night's board meeting at City Hall.
Joe Mullinex's bid was $800 per mowing at Forest Park, $165 at Craig Park and $50 at Babe Wheeler Park. That totaled $1,015 per cut or $22,330 for the 22 contracted mowings.
Yankee Rose, who held the contract last year, lost out to Mullinex with a bid that was $770 higher. In their proposal Yankee Rose offered to do the work for $800 per mowing at Forest Park, $200 at Craig Park and $50 at Babe Wheeler Park totaling $23,100.
The board voted not to consider Robbie Burks bid totaling $60,786 to cut all three parks.
The mowing contract was a very controversial issue last year when Yankee Rose's offer was accepted even though it was several thousand dollars higher than the lowest bid.
Parks Board member John Tilley said, "Last year we felt that if you do a good job you should be allowed to continue with it. Yankee Rose had done a good job the year before. I believe they would do a good job this year," Tilley continued. "But money seems to be the main concern so I have to go with the difference in price. Mullinex had the lower bid."
Board president Ruthann Jeffries added, "Also, there's the fact we don't have a budget yet. And I think Mullinex will do a good job. He has the equipment, employees and the experience. I feel confident we've made a good decision."
Mullinex said he will give an additional 5 percent discount if he gets the city cemetery contract also. That would make his final mowing bid $21,214.
Later, Pete Paullus from the Christmas in the Park Committee addressed the Parks Board. Jeanie Burris and Mike Peterson are the new co-chairs for the Christmas in the Park Festival.
"I know there are concerns on both sides," Paullus said. We want to make sure we do things right and we'd like a meeting with the board to discuss the concerns."
Tilley explained that some of the displays this year were not sturdy enough and had come apart. Also, nails, staples and paper were left on the shelters. He said clean up needs to be timely and complete. The Park Board members agreed to any necessary meeting before the contract is signed.
It was determined that the Chamber of Commerce, who provides the funding and pays for the insurance for the Christmas in the Park project, would need to sign the contract as well as the Christmas in the Park Committee.
In other business Tilley reported that the bridges at Forest Park were complete but he was not satisfied with the final results. He said the picket fencing on the two small bridges were very loose and he was going to check on the two larger ones. Tilley will talk with the bridge contractors about the park board's concerns.
The board agreed to give the North Clay Middle School tennis coach permission to use the park tennis courts in the spring and fall with stipulations. This is for a newly formed tennis program for middle school boys.
The board is still considering providing a cross country track at Craig Park if possible. Tilley will check with Vincennes University about surveying Craig Park.
Other contracts were addressed. A YMCA representative signed the Park Board contract for the new year.
The Rotary contract was discussed and amended. The Rotary 4th of July Celebration will be June 27 through July 4th. The Go-kart races will be June 21 and 22.
The park board discussed working on a five year master plan to develop the city parks. This would make them eligible to apply for large federal and state grants. The board wants to develop a softball complex but would have to get grants to fund it.