EAST CHICAGO | The Park Board has approved a $114,649 contract for ServiScape, LLC to perform lawn and course maintenance at the city-owned MacArthur Golf Course this season.
"Due to the fact that we had the flood at the golf course, there is a lot of work for them to do before they even start thinking about cutting grass," said Francisco Rosado, superintendent of parks and recreation.
Rosado said last year's contract with the same Michigan City-based company was for about $127,000, but the city ended up spending only about $116,000.
Because ServiScape uses city-owned lawn mowers for cutting, the board's authorization to buy three new mowers at a total cost of about $27,000 was crucial. Three mowers were recently stolen from the golf course's maintenance garage.
Rosado said the thefts occurred over a weekend and that a gas-powered chainsaw also was taken.
Park Board member Rick Rodriguez asked what would be done to secure the new equipment.
"We're hooking up an alarm system to the garage and to the concession stand," Rosado said.
In other news, the board approved a $5,213 bid from Munster Glass to replace 64 panes of glass in the Washington Park greenhouse.
Rosado said the new glass is needed to prevent heat from escaping in the winter months.
"We do have a horticulturist, and we are currently planting," Rosado said. "We currently have about 3,000 seedlings there because we're going to do all our own plants this year."
Rosado said the plan is to put the plants in city parks and at the entryway to the city.