Staff recommends approval of the first amendment with Lewis Tree Service, Inc. for an additional one-year term.
Lewis Tree Service, Inc. provides tree trimming services primarily to the Electric Department. The contractor also provides tree services to other departments within the City when requested. The City originally contracted with Lewis Tree Service, Inc., in October 2005 for a three-year period. The original agreement provides for the City to exercise no more than two one-year extensions beyond the original three year period
The original agreement includes a provision for the contractor to request an annual increase up to 5% each year. Lewis Tree Service, Inc. has not requested any increases during the first three years of this agreement. The contractor is now requesting a 15% increase to the original unit costs established in 2005. Given the increase in the cost of skilled and trained labor as well as fuel and other operating expenses over the past three years, the Purchasing Manager and Electric Utility Director feel this increase is reasonable. The Purchasing Department compared the new rates requested by Lewis Tree Service to a recently awarded contract by another local agency to another tree service. The proposed rates from Lewis Tree Service for two and three person crews are lower than the rates obtained by that agency.
Extension of this contract will allow for uninterrupted service during hurricane season. It will also retain their staff that is familiar with City operations and electric utility service area. The Electric Department has recently lost several employees to the early retirement option. One of those employees was responsible for overseeing the work of the contractor. Retaining the existing company will minimize the burden on the electric superintendent which is now charged with overseeing the tree crew in addition to his regular duties.
The amount of business with this vendor for fiscal years 2007 and 2008 is $446,698.97 and $447,743.73 respectively. The City has received excellent service and dependability from Lewis Tree Service, Inc. and staff wishes to continue the relationship with this vendor.
1. Authorize execution of the first amendment with Lewis Tree Service, Inc.; or
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
Funds for Electric Utility tree trimming and services are budgeted on an annual basis. The proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2008-09 is $400,000.00.
Department: _Electric Department______
Prepared by: _Mike Thornton__________
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City Manager ___________________
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A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CITY CLERK TO EXECUTE A FIRST AMENDMENT TO AN ORIGINAL AGREEMENT WITH LEWIS TREE SERVICE FOR TREE TRIMMING AND REMOVAL AS NEEDED; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:
THAT the Mayor and City Clerk are hereby authorized to execute a first amendment to an original agreement executed on October 1, 2005 with LEWIS TREE SERVICE, INC. whose address is 300 Lucius Gordon Drive, West Henrietta, NY 14586, for tree trimming and related services pursuant to original invitation to bid number LB-05-21.
THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held the _22nd____ day of _September________ 2008