City changes levels of service for 2021 grass, plant and flower bed maintenance

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After listening to what Wetaskiwin residents had to say, the City of Wetaskiwin has made changes to its level of service plan for 2021 grass, plant and flower bed maintenance.

Considering the feedback of citizens through social media and the municipal budget engagement process, Administration presented a plan to reduce spending on grass cutting with a proposal for naturalization of 14 hectares of green space that had previously been maintained.

The plan will see A Spring Clean-yup for all areas of the city once before May 31.

Plants and flower bed maintenance at City Hall, By-the-Lake Park, Ashoro Park and Diamond Jubilee Park will occur weekly from June 1 to Aug. 31. In all other areas, the plants and flower beds will be maintained on a by-weekly basis from June 1 to Aug. 31.

The sports fields will be mowed twice a week during the season from May 15 to Sept. 31 and once a week in the off-season. All other areas that have been identified for mowing will be mowed once a week from May 15 to Sept. 15.

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In the areas that have been identified for naturalization, there will be succession area monitoring and weed control done biweekly.

“The City will continue to look at possible changes to our levels of service while we balance the cost versus the desired outcome. Doing things just because that’s the way we always have isn’t acceptable and we will continue to work on that,” said Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam. “We tried something new last year and it didn’t work out the way we hoped it would. Council will also work on finding efficiencies and better ways to operate. Your input is valued and appreciated.”

This level of service target, notes the City, is dependent on the weather.

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