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City of Madison taking bids for lawn care services

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City officials looking for new lawn care contractor. City officials looking for new lawn care contractor.

The city of Madison is poised to take "emergency" action to get its grass cut.

Monday night, the city council approved an emergency measure to take bids for a maintenance contract to cut grass and remove trash in some of the city's most visible public spaces, on city owned property around city streets and public buildings.

Such properties were being maintained already but Madison's landscaping contractor North Alabama Lawn Care has informed the city it will stop providing mowing services as its owner segues into retirement.

Public Works Director Steve Abbot said the company had been indicating its intention for several months, and continuing its service on a month by month basis, but that the situation became acute as its owner confronted worsening health issues.                                            

The timing was less than ideal as city leaders looked with alarm at grass growing rapidly in warm and wet summer conditions, and at the importance of the properties' appearance.

"It's important to Huntsville as well as Madison," Abbot said. "Everyone. It's a first impression.  A lot of people coming off the interstate, they see our city and that leaves a favorable or unfavorable impression."

Abbot said the city already has four potential new contractors making offers to take over for North Alabama Lawn Care and the city will choose between them in the coming weeks.

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