USDA to hire a new tree removal contractor

By Kristin Bednarski
Sun staff

The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is looking for a new tree removal contractor now that their contract with Young’s General Contracting has expired.

The organization has begun the process to find a new contractor, which could take several months, according to Rhonda Santos, public information officer for the USDA-APHIS.

Santos said Young’s contract ended Sept. 30 and they hired Davey Tree Expert Company to fill in with the removals until they hire another contractor.

“We are continuing to survey and remove infested trees,” Santos said.

She said Davey Tree Expert is from Kent, Ohio, and will be continuing tree removals in the area on a month-to-month basis for the time being.

“They are a great contractor, and we have worked with them out of other ALB areas,” Santos said. “We have a month-to-month contract until we can open up for bid.”

Santos said they have issued a draft of a statement of work online for comments and suggestions prior to the release of the official solicitation for a contractor.

“This statement of work is a little bit different than what we have issued before,” Santos said.

Santos said potential contractors can make comments and ask questions about the statement of work via the website.

She said they hope to issue an official statement of work and open for bid by the end of the year.

“We know there were concerns with removals,” Santos said. “It’s good to be working with Davey and get to a point where we can open for bid again.”

Property owners are asked to communicate any concerns with Davey Tree Expert by calling (513) 226-9138 in advance of work being conducted on their property.