The City Council of
Tracy, California, has voted unanimously to cancel the contract of the company
that was supposed to maintain the grass and landscaping around the city. Public
Works Director David Ferguson told council members that the work performed by
Sycamore Landscaping Corporation of Livermore, California, was sub-par and had
not conformed to all requirements outlined in the contract.
Sycamore Landscaping took the three-year contract to maintain 212 acres of city
parks and streets in June 2013. According to Ferguson, the shape of city
streetscapes had been declining steadily since Sycamore stopped working on
April 23. The city issued a notice of contract termination on May 28.
Crews from the Public Works Department have tried to maintain some areas of
town since Sycamore stopped working, but Tracy residents took notice of the
brown or dead landscaping. Councilman Charles Manne and Mayor Pro Tem Michael
Maciel both said they had received calls about the state of Tracy’s greenery.
With the contract with Sycamore cancelled, the council has authorized Ferguson
to hire a temporary service starting in July, while the city seeks a permanent
solution. He said that city workers would try to maintain the landscapes until
a temporary company can be found. The public works director told council
members they should have a contract with a permanent vendor to vote on in September.