The city has selected a private snow plower for a pilot project meant to determine if using a private service is preferable to using city workers to plow streets.
Landscape Assist/Sod Tech will plow a section of the north side of Colorado Springs. Of course, it's hard to say if the contract represents a value over more traditional methods. A final contract hasn't yet been signed, and the city won't release any financial information until it is. In addition to cost comparisons, the city will evaluate how effective the service from Landscape Assist is this winter.
Here's what the city had to say on the matter:
City selects contractor for snow plowing pilot
The City of Colorado Springs announced today that Landscape Assist/Sod Tech’s best value proposal was selected by an evaluation committee for contract negotiations to perform snow removal in Grid 5. Grid 5 is 10.86 square miles, stretching from Old Ranch Rd. north to North Gate Blvd., with an east boundary of Highway 83, Shoup Rd. and Howells Rd. and a west boundary of I-25 (see attached map).
Contract negotiations will take place over the next few weeks before a final contract is awarded. Cost information and other details will be not be released until a contract has been signed.
See below for previous release for details about the pilot program.
In case you missed the information on that pilot project, here's the original release:
City to pilot private sector snow removal program
The City of Colorado Springs will be putting out a Request for Proposals for private sector snow removal services in one area of the City as a pilot program. The area selected is Grid 5 in the City’s Streets Divisions 16-grid route plan. Grid 5, which encompasses 10.86 square miles, starts at Old Ranch Rd. and goes north to North Gate Blvd., with an east boundary of Highway 83, Shoup Rd. and Howells Rd. and a west boundary of I-25 (see attached map).
The City’s Snow and Ice Removal Priority Plan will remain in effect for this grid. The Priority Plan calls for primary routes (arterials) to be cleared first, followed by secondary routes (collector streets) once the primary routes are passable. Residential streets will only be treated if there is at least six inches of accumulation and only after primary and secondary routes are passable.
The Streets Division will continue to perform snow removal in Grid 5 until a contractor is in place for the pilot program. The RFP is expected to be released in approximately two weeks. Anticipated start date for a contract would be on or after January 1, 2012.