City’s property maintenance contractor contract in question

WOOSTER – A longtime property maintenance contractor is on thin ice after Wooster City Council narrowly approved to expand its $50,000 contract to $160,000 for the remaining four months in 2021. 

Owner of Jimmy’s Maintenance and Lawn Care, James Thomas, allegedly stored trailers on his private residence, going against the city’s zoning code, said Jennifer Warden, Wooster City Council member for Ward Two.

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“I don’t want to be contracting someone who breaks our city’s laws,” Warden told the council. 

By storing trailers on his property that is zoned as a traditional residence, Warden said he is essentially operating a business out of his home.