City weighs interest in grass-cutting duties

The City of Biloxi is farming out the maintenance of more than 70 parcels of city-owned, mostly vacant land.

In a Request for Proposals published in September, the city is seeking sealed proposals for litter control, mowing, edging, and cleaning of grass clippings for sites in all parts of the city, including vacant lots on Caillavet Street.

“This is something that came out of the budget discussions with the City Council,” said Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard. “The question was, ‘Can we do this more cost effectively by contracting it out or hiring additional city employees?’

“As a result, we’re going to see what interest there is in this.”

Leonard said most of the 72 parcels are maintained by Public Works or Parks & Recreation crews, “and we’d be able to focus their efforts on maintaining parks and dealing with drainage issues.”

Those interested in submitting a proposal – deadline is Oct. 24 before 10 a.m. — should sign up in the online Planroom or contact the city Purchasing Division at 228-435-6252.
See the Request for Proposals (5.4 MB file)
See the online Planroom