City Planning to Go with Next-lowest Bidder on Ash Tree Removal

By Scott Sarvay

Ash tree marked to be cut down

August 10, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM EST

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The tree removal service hired by the City of Fort Wayne says that the price initially quoted for removing more than 4,500 ash trees was too low a price.

Cook's Tree Service of Angola has asked to default on its nearly $590,000 contract and if they are to complete the removal project they’ll have to pay twice the original amount.

The city will hire Mudrack Tree Service of Fort Wayne for $1.2 million to finish the job. Mudrack happens to be the next-lowest offer from the original bidding process.

Parks Superintendent Steve McDaniel says Cook’s will be paid for the 60 to 70 trees it did remove, which should cost a few thousand dollars.

The contract with Mudrack will be introduced during next weeks City Council meeting and could be approved by Aug. 28.

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