The contractor doing right-of-way mowing for Coweta County has done all of the mowing for the first round and should finish up weed trimming this week, according to Coweta County Administrator Michael Fouts.
The contractor, Caswell Brothers, is paid per mile and is supposed to mow the county rights-of-way three times in the summer. The second round was supposed to start in July.
At the July 20 Coweta County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners voted to put prison inmates back on the job to help the contractor catch up. The inmate crews have been mowing county rights-of-way for years, but the county decided to try a pilot project to have a contractor do the work. The inmate crews have continued to work on some roads and have been doing other needed work in the interim.
At Tuesday night’s commission meeting, Coweta Administrator Michael Fouts said that the first round of mowing has been completed and that Caswell Brothers is “committed to making sure the job is being done correctly.”
Fouts and other county staff recently met with Caswell Brothers on the issue. Going forward, the contractor is working with Ryan Phillips from the road department to make sure there is enhanced communication between the contractor and the county, Fouts said. Tall grass at intersections and along roads can be a safety issue.
The contractor will be contacting the county if any delays are foreseen, be it mechanical, weather or otherwise, “so we can stay on top of the right-of-way mowing,” Fouts said. He said Caswell Brothers “appreciated the board’s faith and they will continue to do the best job they can.”