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Council approves maintenance for street medians 

Paso Robles Maintenance

Medians on Niblick and Union roads will be cleaned up

During the recession the city cut its maintenance staff in half cut back on outside landscaping services. Weeds began to flourish in the city’s street medians. The Paso Robles City Council this week took a major step to start improving the look of the city and beat back the overgrowth.

The council allocated $60,000 from the general fund to clean up the street medians along Union and Niblick roads and an additional $16,000 for one-time irrigation repair. The city manager is now authorized to negotiate an agreement with a landscape contractor.

Monthly maintenance of medians was previously contracted to an outside source from 2001 to
2008. During the recession contract services were discontinued along with a reduction of city maintenance staff by 50-percent. Mowing and edging of existing city Landscaping requires a minimum 8,000 staff hours per year 8,000 hours per year mowing and edging requires six full-time staff equivalents.

Presently the city employs nine full-time staff for city maintenance needs. As a result
of injury, illness, etc. seven full-time equivalents are available day-to-day to maintain 205,000 square feet of buildings, 105 acres (4.6 Million square feet) of parkland, trails, and open space, 148 miles of paved surface and 260 miles of curb, gutter and sidewalk.’

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