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County seeks city's help with landscaping
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Warren County commissioners and McMinnville officials could soon be contemplating an agreement that would allow the city’s Landscape Management crew to maintain the area around the courthouse, the portion owned by the county. Pictured are landscape manager Hank Patton, left, and John Austin planting a tree beside the Farmers Market. - photo by Lacy Garrison

The beauty of McMinnville’s Court Square has created landscape management envy.

Warren County Executive Jimmy Haley requested permission to negotiate a contract with the city of McMinnville that would allow the city’s landscape management crew to maintain the area around the courthouse. 

“We’ve discussed this before and it was discussed years ago when the city did the streetscape project, for the city to maintain the area around the courthouse,” said Haley. “That’s a recommendation I’d like to pursue.”

Haley requested permission from the county’s Building and Grounds Committee to negotiate the price for plants, equipment, and employees.

“I’ve drafted a letter to be presented to the city,” said Haley. “I would like to see what it would cost us for the city to maintain just around the courthouse and keep it mowed and maintained. It’s being neglected a little bit now. I’m hoping we can get some improvements up there.”

Warren County government owns the property inside the sidewalk surrounding the courthouse. The city of McMinnville owns and maintains outside that sidewalk. 

Landscape Management is a division under the city’s Public Works Department. Manager Hank Patton is responsible for the city’s landscape maintenance. 

“Hank is up there every day,” said Haley. “He mows when it is needed. It’s sometimes two weeks before we can get the courthouse area mowed. There’s some maintenance on some of the plants that needs to be done. Before I go out for quotes and accept bids on that, I’d like to approach the city about doing the courthouse area, because that was originally part of the plan when we did the streetscape project.”

The county’s Building and Grounds Committee unanimously approved Haley’s request to begin negotiations with the city.