Brighton inks deal with Lochbuie for open space mowing

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — The City of Brighton has entered an agreement that would help Lochbuie with the mowing of its open space. Council voted 7 to 1 to approve the agreement during its Sept. 17 meeting, with Councilman Chris Maslanik opposed. 

  “They have a 32-acre parcel of land that runs through the center of town that is open space. It’s a utilities right of way that they would like to have the City of Brighton Mow for them,” Parks and Recreation Director Gary Wardle said. “We’ll mow it probably two to three times a year, depending how much moisture we get.”

Wardle said the city will be charging the town of Lochbuie $75 an hour for the mowing services and expects it will take two days — or 16 hours — to mow that property. He said the agreement will not impact the city’s mowing opportunities and that the open space will be mowed when staff are mowing in that area anyway. 

“It’s a good-neighbor policy. We’re trying to assist or neighbors in helping them with a little work they need to get done,” he said. 

Although Councilman Chris Maslanik is “all for being good neighbors,” he said he could not support the agreement.

“I just can’t support us doing more work for another city in a pretty nominal fee of $75 an hour before we make sure that we’re taking care of everything that we have to the 100-percent satisfaction of our customers,” he said. 

Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Scott, Councilman J.W. Edwards and Councilwoman Cynthia Martinez all voiced their support for the agreement and the city’s good-neighbor policies.