Five companies are expected to handle lawn mowing, landscaping and maintenance services for Hilliard's public spaces and parks, according to an ordinance that received a public hearing at city council Monday.

Five companies are expected to handle lawn mowing, landscaping and maintenance services for Hilliard's public spaces and parks, according to an ordinance that received a public hearing at city council Monday.

The Davey Tree Expert Company, Peabody Landscape Group, Site Maintenance, Trugreen Lawncare LLC and Waugh's Landscape Maintenance were declared the lowest and best bidders for services such as mowing, irrigation, seeding, spraying, pruning, tree replacement and pond/fountain maintenance.

A total of $354,753.30 will be appropriated for these services; with Peabody receiving nearly $200,000.

"This is our annual lawn contract," said Clyde Seidle, director of public service. "We got very good bids. We were able to award everything we had out for bid and still be under the original planned expenditure, which also includes contingency amounts."

Seidle said the city plans for eight lawn cuttings each year, but may require more, depending on the weather. A 10 percent contingency amount is built into each contract.

There was no public comment, and council member Dan Nichter said the ordinance get its third and final reading on March 8.

In other matters, council:

Approved an ordinance allocating permanent and temporary easements for the relocation of electric utility lines in connection with the Main Street/Cemetery Road/Scioto Darby Road Triangle Improvement Project. It was passed as an emergency measure to meet deadlines required by Ohio Public Works funding.

OK'd a resolution modifying engineering plans and services by Burgess & Niple, Inc. costing $793,500 for the Triangle Project.

"It's a two-part contract," Seidle said. "We've had some additional services that we had to do on design, changing construction sequencing, and the maintenance of traffic because of the schedule having to slide because of American Electric Power's inability to get their easements. That's about $133,000 of it. The balance of it is for the actual construction, administration, inspection, testing part of the contract."

Approved a resolution to construct the Avery Road at Northwest Parkway & Extension Improvements project.