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Following the money: City contracts to keep buildings clean

Over the next several weeks the Rosemount Town Pages will take a look at some of the city's bills. The goal is to see what the city spends its money on and why.

Last week we took a look at some expenses related to a computer upgrade project the city had done. This week we will look at the city's cleaning bill.

The city pays $3,756 a month to have all of the city's buildings cleaned, except for the Rosemount Community Center. That number includes cleaning services in city hall, the public works building and both fire stations. The community center has its own crew.

Public works director Andy Brotzler said the city contracts for cleaning services with a company called Coverall Cleaning Concepts out of Bloomington and has since 1998.

The city chose to use a company, rather than hire in-house, for several reasons. The biggest reason, Brotzler said, is using an outside source takes the administrative elements out of the process, including staffing and scheduling.

"It's seamless. They have any number of people who can do it. We don't have to worry about vacations or any of that stuff going through an outside source," said Brotzler.

The monthly expense also includes all the equipment and cleaning supplies used keeping the city's costs on those items down.

Crews with the company clean city hall, the police department and the public works department five days a week. Fire Station #1 is cleaned twice a week and Fire Station #2 is cleaned once a week.

Daily duties include emptying garbage, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, and cleaning restrooms. Additionally the company does deep cleaning tasks such as shampooing carpets and washing windows on a weekly or monthly basis depending on what's appropriate.

"It's a lot like someone might do in their home," said Brotzler.

Brotzler said the company has served the city well. He said they review the contract with the company every few years but have stayed with Coverall because of the familiarity with the company and the good working relationship.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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