Business concerns sought in advance of walk-through with Siesta Village maintenance contractor

Photo by Norman Schimmel

With a new contractor preparing to take over the Siesta Village upkeep on Sept. 10, county staff and Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp. Chairman Mark Smith will take a final walk through the Village on Sept. 7 with representatives of the contractor.

That undertaking is planned to provide “an overview on where we are and what needs to be done,” Smith reported during the Sept. 4 regular meeting of the Siesta Key Village Association.

On Aug. 21, the Sarasota County Commission awarded the new maintenance contract to Championship Landscape Maintenance Professionals of Fort Myers. The company’s bid for the work was $97,417.70.

Any business owners with particular concerns about their property should let him know before Sept. 7, Smith said, so he could relay the information to Championship.

When SKVA President Russell Matthes asked whether county staff members would continue the Village upkeep until Sept. 10, as they have been doing since the original vendor contract ended on Aug. 15, 2011, Smith said, “Yes.”

Wendall Jacobson of Beach Bazaar reported that while the original contractor, JWM Management of Sarasota, “did a great job” emptying the garbage cans in the Village, county staff had not been as careful. Jacobson said he had spotted “drip marks” where county workers had dragged leaking garbage bags.

Prior to the Sept. 7 walk-through, Matthes suggested he and Smith count the number of garbage cans in the Village for which Championship will be responsible, to make sure representatives of the firm are aware of all of them.

Although Championship is based on Fort Myers, Smith noted, it has a location in Bradenton as well. That is the location from which Championship has been handling the upkeep of the Longboat Key Club, he said; that location also will serve Siesta Village.

Smith may be reached at Smith Architects, at 346-7205.