The airport in my area ' charlotte douglas international ' had bid out their landscape maintenance contract to 3 companies 2 being national and one being close to national size. The contract was stated that the new service provider had to provide 9 workers and 1 supervisor at all times for all work to be done outside of the privacy fenced areas. Im not sure just how many acres it is that the contract has to be maintained but there is no material furnshied by the LCO. All materials are to be bought by the airport and put down by the landscaper. Keep in mind these prices are for the all 3 years of this 3 year contract. TruGreen-Land Care $683,923 Valley Crest $1,305,000 The Budd Group $1,467,936 Contract awarded to low bidder. (TruGreen) Last 3 years of maintenance where done by The Budd Group a large janitorial and landscape management company. Council meeting: harkey: How does Budd's bid this time compare with what we have been paying them? Orr: It is less than 10% more than what we paid them last year. Randolph: Is this just service or does it include materials? Matthews: Are they bonded for this? Orr: Yes Orr: NO, it does not include trees or anything like that but it does include pine straw, mulch and fertilizer. Gilreath: Is it unusual to have this much difference in the low and high bidders? Orr: Is is highly unusual. IT usually indicates a severe problem. This is a service contract. We can cancel the contract with or without cause in 30 days notice. So if they don't do what they need to do, then we will simply cancel the contract with them. Orr: Clearly this is a very aggressive bid but is clearly a very high profile contractor. Your trucks and your equipment is sitting around here all day everyday and millions and millions of people see it. Just thought you guys would LOVE to see how TruGreen can bid nearly HALF of what other large national competitors can. I personally had bumped into them on 2 bids and they closed on both. One residential I bid $187.00 a month to maintain this small 1/4 acre lawn 12 month contract. They bid $145.00 On a commercial national chain store. I had put a bid in for $12,000 a year for just landscape maintenance....they put in a really nice bid of $6,200.00 WOW gotta love a money hungry...over promise under deliver kinda company right?