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Bailey ends public works contractor Envirolink's landscaping deal

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BAILEY — The town board is determined to break its public works contract with Envirolink, no matter the fallout.

The board is drafting a letter with the help of its attorney to inform the utility contractor that it’s done providing the town with anything but water and sewer services. The change would terminate Envirolink’s landscaping responsibilities. 

Commissioner Allen Daniels said at Monday’s town meeting that he’s reviewed the automatically renewing contract with Envirolink and doesn’t understand why the previous board would have ever signed it.

“I don’t know how you break it,” Daniels said. “I say we break it for public works and let the chips fall where they may. What is Envirolink? Water and sewer, not grass cutting.”

Daniels said how the company reacts should determine whether it gets to keep the town’s water and sewer service.

Mayor Thomas Richards said the town’s issues with Envirolink are well documented.

Commissioner Joel Killion said he feels town residents are ready for a change.

Earlier in the meeting, resident Nancy Hazelwood asked whether the grass would be cut at the town’s cemetery in time for Father’s Day, which always sees heavy traffic at the graveyard.

It would be up to the weather, said Jared Thompson, area manager for Envirolink.

Cemetery grass cutting is a major issue in Spring Hope as well. Earlier this month, the town board chastised Envirolink for doing a consistently poor job maintaining the lawn at its two cemeteries. Last week, the town had another contractor cut the grass.

As part of a general dissatisfaction with Envirolink among Bailey residents, Hazelwood complained that her sewer trap is open and two frogs came up out of her commode.

The moment provided levity during the meeting, but didn’t diminish the board’s resolve.

In response to a resident’s question, Thompson said all water meters are read each and every month.

Mayor Thomas Richards produced a photo of a meter covered in mud and muck.

“No way someone could read this,” Richards said. “They must be real good.”