By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun
6:49 PM EST, February 24, 2014
After running over budget for snow removal, city officials on Wednesday plan to award $3.6 million in additional work to snow-plow contractors.
The Board of Estimates is expected to approve a flurry of contract extensions, for which the city did not solicit additional bids. Lorenz Lawn & Landscape will receive the lion's share of the work with a $2 million contract extension, while Corporate Maintenance Group is receiving a $1 million extension. Other firms, including P&J Contracting, American Heritage Excavating and Manuel Landscaping, will receive $100,000 extensions.
Timothy M. Krus, the city's purchasing agent, said the increased funds are "what we needed to fight this weather, with the potential for additional weather on the way." Baltimore was hit with heavy snowfall earlier this month.
Krus said the city has set up a "large cadre of contractors" to quickly remove snow from side streets. "We took everybody who bid as long as they were qualified," he said.
As of Feb. 10, the city had spent $5.3 million on snow removal, well above the $2.7 million allotted in the budget.
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