The Hull City Council opened bids for lawn maintenance at its brief council meeting Oct. 18
Bids ranged from $585 a month from Cutrite Maintenance to $480 monthly by J&M Lawn. The council chose the middle bid of $520 by Pro Cutz, formerly Sweetwater Landscape Group. They expressed an opinion that the new owner, Dustin Jackson, was making a real effort to do the job the way the city government wanted it done.
Jackson must show proof of a $1 million dollar liability insurance policy and sign a contract specifying the services to be provided.
Mayor Paul Elkins asked that utility billings be clarified. The city has adopted the old fire hall as city hall, but the Hull Volunteer Fire Department is paying the utility bill on the building. The city provides the funds for the service, but Mayor Elkins said the portion of the bill being utilized by the city needs to be specified. A fire department representative will be invited to the next meeting to help clarify the utility bills.
The city will need a budget amendment in order to pay the $5,000 it committed to a sewage study. City attorney Pat Graham indicated that the city can change its projected income based on higher-than-estimated sales tax returns, and use those funds to finance membership in the plan. The necessary budget amendments will be presented at the next meeting.