County OKs trimmed
contract for mowing
After being rejected and then renegotiated, a contract with Rice Custom Mowing for the mowing of county roadsides this summer was approved Monday by the Douglas County Commission.
The contract will cost no more than $40,000, more than $5,500 less than the original proposal, which was rejected by the commission last week.
In return, the mowing company will not be required to trim as close to guardrails and sign posts, will not be required to clean debris from roads and will not mow a hike and bike trail.
Ronald Rice, the company's owner, told the commissioners that because some property owners mow their own roadsides, the amount he expected to bill would be about $32,000.
Contract to provide
abuse aid for offenders
The commissioners Monday approved a contract with DCCCA for substance abuse treatment for adult offenders associated with Douglas County Community Corrections.
The contract will cost about $11,000, which will come from state funds awarded to community corrections.
Pat Berry, community corrections director, said the DCCCA program was chosen from three proposals. She believes the DCCCA program is the most effective with the offender population.
County to sponsor
The commissioners agreed to sponsor a federal grant application by Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.
The $4 million, five-year grant would be through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and would target children in need of mental health services.
Tom Petrizzo, Bert Nash chief operations officer, said the county's sponsorship would take away any concerns about whether Bert Nash qualified for the grant.
"We just thought it would be stronger if the county submitted it," Petrizzo said.