Mowing for town?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnpro724, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I was just wandering if anyone does mowing for the town you live in or surrounding towns? I see accepting bids in paper every spring for mowing city fire dept, town hall, parks and cemeteries in some of the smaller towns around here. Does anyone do this kind of mowing? Is it worth the headache? Some of the cemeteries in these towns are quite large 7-10 acres with wide open areas and lots of headstones to mow and trim around. Do towns pay a decent amount for this kind of work and the liability it brings?

  2. slawn

    slawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I do the town mowing for one small town near me. I mow the park area and the highway median around the main intercession in town. their one of my best customers, always pay on time. Its more work then a residential, main issue is having to pick up trash before you mow. I also do five cemeteries but there not town cemeteries, there church cemeteries. Again, there more work but pay well. I prefer large properties, you can stay in one location and not have to load and move all day.
  3. 8404

    8404 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    you will need to be the lowest bidder, if it were me id want more than one year contract for some extra time without compatition if you get the bid.
  4. D&K Lawns

    D&K Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    8404, do you have any town accounts?
  5. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Just curious as to how much you get for the season if you don't mind telling.
  6. lukemelo216

    lukemelo216 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I do the mowing in my town. Just be careful because everyone will want an opinion on something. I had the town secretary call me 1 day and tell me it would be my last verbal warning before I was written up. I went into the town office and walked right into the village administrators office and said, IDK who the F that B**** thinks she is, but she is nothing more than a mother f****** secretary. If you have a problem with the way something is being done, or any other concerns, I want to hear directly from you or the public works crew leader.

    That scared the crap outta him. Just dont take crap from them. And they will sometimes try to blam stuff on you. Another one I mowed for tried telling me that the same day my trimmer crew "barked" 15 trees on a median with the trimmers. I said no we didnt, and hee questioned me. I said look at the color of the wound, its dark grey (seasoned over time, exposed to the elements) compared to what it would look like if we did bark the trees, and I took the trimmer and just wrapped it all against the tree. That village admin was in shell shock. couldnt even speak, but I never had a problem after that incident
  7. slawn

    slawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    On the town job its $400.00 per cut. Just mowing and trimming. On average its takes about 7 to 8 man hours.
  8. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I can make that on a few residential's in a day.
  9. D&K Lawns

    D&K Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    Where are you located in Mississippi?
  10. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Are you running a 2 man crew? 7-8 hrs comes out to around $25.00 pmh. My rate is set at $50 per man hour and 8 hrs on a two man crew would be $800.00. I don't think I would come in to low on price for a town if it had a decent size cemetery just think of all the liability you have. If you hit one or more head stones you would be in a world of trouble and what about damage to mowers? I would like to get a town contract but I'm not going to do it unless I can make enough to cover my a$$.

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