In an effort to keep-fresh its Public Works Department the City of Benton Harbor is putting it on the auction block. The city's website is requesting bids for an annual roadway and water distribution maintenance contract. Emergency Manager Tony Saunders tells the "Herald-Palladium" its been over 10-years since the city made any capital equipment investments. He says the move could save the city money, but more importantly a private company would improve city services. If an outside company does take over Public Works, there are 11-department employees that could be affected. Companies submitting a proposal need to be able to repair and stripe roads, remove snow, cut grass, install signs, remove trees, maintain street lights and take care of both the sanitary and storm sewer systems. Proposals are due September 4 to City Hall.
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