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Md. county may contract for park maintenance

Tuesday - 5/22/2012, 3:53pm  ET

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County is renewing its push for privatization of some government services with a proposal to contract for maintenance of a county park.

The Frederick News-Post ( http://bit.ly/JCRiSD) reports that the county's parks and recreation department is proposing outsourcing chimney inspection, carpet cleaning, tree-trimming, exterior painting and other maintenance of Rose Hill Manor Park.

Agency Director Paul Dial says that if the pilot program is successful, it could be expanded.

Frederick County Manager David Dunn says the proposal signals the renewal of a privatization effort that foundered last year amid protests by county workers and their allies.

Their opposition prompted the county to shelve a study that projected savings of up to $109 million over five years by contracting for certain services.

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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com


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