Durrell Martin said the best part of his job is being surrounded by “the Lord’s creation.”
“We like the feel of the air, and to see the sunshine and nature,” he said.
Martin, along with Ron and Josh Weaver, make up C&K Lawn Care in Craig.
On Tuesday, the company got a new client.
The Moffat County Commission approved, 3-0, awarding C&K its mowing and trimming duties for $79,080, the first time the county has bid the service to the private sector.
Ron, C&K owner, has decided to place Josh, his son, and Martin, his son-in-law, in charge of maintaining 57.4 acres of lawn at the Craig Cemetery, Moffat County Fairgrounds and Loudy-Simpson Park.
The decision to award lawn mowing services to C&K will save the county about $28,000 in payroll, equipment and operating costs. The county spent about $106,000 in lawn maintenance last year.
Commissioner Audrey Danner said the decision falls in line with her notion of “doing more with less.”
“We have to be very careful and look for efficiencies and cost savings but not at the detriment of county services,” she said. “We have many county services that we offer and have gotten used to, so how do we continue providing those same services with less dollars?”
The county contracted with C&K for one year, with an optional five-year contract to be awarded if the county is satisfied with the company’s services, Danner said.
The company will start lawn mowing in May and continue through the end of October.
Ron said the job is a “big undertaking,” and he plans to purchase $25,000 in equipment to manage the county grounds.
But despite the start-up costs, the three are happy for the work.
“We are thankful the Lord supplied this work for us,” Ron said.
The family’s work ethic and religious beliefs go hand in hand, he said.
“That is what we base our work on,” Ron said. “We don’t like to bring honor and glory to ourselves. But because we are serving the Lord, we want to do a good job.”
C&K currently has about 100 customers, and Ron said business has been good despite a struggling economy. The landscaping business, he said, is more stable than other industries.
County Commissioner Tom Gray said he was pleased to contract with the private sector.
“I think it is always good business to do things in the private sector if it makes sense,” he said. “In this case, it is a significant savings to the county, and at the same time, it is a viable, profitable piece of business (for a company) whose specialty is lawn care.
“It’s a win for everyone.”
Gray said the contract is not a sign the county will eliminate jobs.
“We are just redirecting employment to the private sector from the public sector, where it makes sense,” he said.
“Our responsibility as commissioners is to provide the service in the most economical way, not to provide jobs.”
Although the county saved money by outsourcing the mowing, Danner said dealing services to the private sector is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution for the county’s budget problems.
The county will continue to look at services it can provide in a more economical way, but no other specific services have been decided, she said.