Sarasota News Leader

05/09/2014

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The "m" word was back to haunt the Sarasota County Commission this week. But after close to two hours of discussion over two days — and another 90 minutes County Administrator Tom Harmer said he spent with staff mem- bers during the board's May 7 lunch break — a more thorough explanation emerged about why the county h a s c o n t i n u e d t o struggle with its mow- ing operations. B l a m e i n a c c u r a t e acreage data dating back to the mid-2000s and contractual clauses designed to ensure vendors are compen- sated accurately if they find out after the fact that they have taken on bigger jobs than they anticipated. The commissioners are happy with the way the county looks, but they were unhappy about the informa- t i o n t h e y l e a r n e d from Harmer and staff this week. The board members reluctantly agreed with Harmer's The median on Webber Street between Beneva Road and Tuttle Avenue appeared neat and trim on May 8. Photo by Robert Hackney THE NEVER-ENDING STORY DEBATE OVER RENEWAL OF A COUNTY MOWING CONTRACT FINALLY NETS THE COMMISSIONERS SOLID INFORMATION ABOUT WHY THE ISSUE HAS REMAINED PROBLEMATIC The first thing people see once they get off the airplane or get off the interstate is our right of ways. Charles Hines Chairman Sarasota County Commission By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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