Grounds maintenance for the main government complex and various satellite facilities is contracted out to the lowest, responsive bidder. Some functions included in the scope of work for weekly maintenance are the following: mowing all turf areas, weeding all plant beds, edging, trimming of all trees, mulching and preparing the palms for hurricane season.
Collier County's satellite facilities now number over 55. The facilities include all Collier County libraries, Sheriff substations, EMS stations, Museums, Domestic Animal Services, Growth Management facilities, Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser, Government Centers and Immokalee Health Building. These sites are located from Immokalee to Everglades to Marco Island to Naples. All sites are serviced, as the main government complex, on a weekly basis from June 1-November 30 and bi-weekly from December 1-May 31.
Facilities Management, included in the landscaping contract, maintains all irrigation, on and off the main government complex. Besides handling the day-to-day irrigation problems (broken heads, cleaning of heads, etc.), this contracted vendor also conducts monthly wet checks of all irrigation systems keeping Collier County in compliance with SFWMD mandates. Rain sensors were installed prior to being required by Collier County and the South Florida Water Management District's recommended action.
As of February, 2008, all irrigation water on the Main Government Complex is reclaimed irrigation quality water saving over $200,000 annually over potable water.
Fertilization of all turf and vegetation takes place 4-6 times per year with industry recommended applications. Treatment for any diseases or problems with the turf/vegetation is handled by the landscaping contractor.
For any questions or concerns regarding Grounds Management, please contact Ann Simpson.