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At about 5:45 the snow stopped. I went to the driveway and measured 1"(wish I wouldve timestamped a picture of it). So I tell the guys to get some sleep. The rain starts at 7:00 while I'm out salting. This stuff is turning to a slushy mess so I clear the driving lanes while I'm saltng. Leaving the rest of the lot untouched.

I get a call from the PM saying noone did the walks and the parking lot looks half done. I told him plowing starts at 2". After that he claims that I;m supposed to clear the lot no matter what. Then I was told by the PM of the other building I do with this company when bidding that they maintain the first 2" of sidewalks. So he tells me that the building are different. I say the contracts are the same and I was contacted and showed the scope of work by him.

He passes the boss the phone. This lady has a attitude and we have the same conversation. She tells me that seasonal means I plow whenever it snows. I say yeah whenever it snows more then 2". So we argue about this. She then switches it to it snowed more then 2" and they pay good money for a service I'm not providing. I tell her no one is calling me to plow today. They pay good money too for me to plow when its over 2". Next its I didnt sand. I say I dont use sand I use straight salt. Well you didnt do it. Do you see ice? no. Thats cause its melted. You didnt sand. If If I put salt in a cup of water would you see it? She has the nerve to tell me I signed the contract. Well I did but you cant read.This went on......

Now the kicker is the PM for the other building has no problems at all. They cleared the walks themselves as per the contract and understand that I'm only suppose to plow when it snows more then 2".

The problem is this lady is the boss of both of them. I dont know if she was having a bad day or what but heres the wording in the contract.

Contractor will plow all designated areas once two (2) inches or more has accumulated.

These people have more sidewalk equipment then I do. They got a deere with plow, a dingo with plow, a few 36" blowers and snowex spreaders. Why would you own this if it wasnt part of your responsibility?

This is what happens in a light winter with seasonal contracts.
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Is there a way you could handle this in the contract or somehow so there wasn't this confusion in the future? If they want it plowed no matter how many inches fall, can you bill them differently? Or what is your view on that?
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Is there a way you could handle this in the contract or somehow so there wasn't this confusion in the future? If they want it plowed no matter how many inches fall, can you bill them differently? Or what is your view on that?
If the lady wasnt crazy I could but she seems to think that I'm suppose to be grading the parking lot.

I could bill them on T/M but I already know there not having that. In the future if they want to avoid this they have to specify a 1" trigger or zero tolerance. Theyll pay almost double but if thats what they want.

Part of the reason this is happening is because its a light winter. There thinking I'm getting paid to sit around. So now they expect extras. Then on top of that you have 1 property manager handling the bids for 2 buildings.
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Yesterday was a pain, stopped snowing around 9:30am then rain and today is 42. I know a customer will call "why did you plow" because your trigger is 2" and we got just under 3"
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Was just thinking about your heat problem what about a car seat heater mat it would need less power then a space heater just thinking about it
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SECTLANDSCAPING Have you played much with the loader yet... still liking it? I am really thinking about getting a little one like that.

I can't find a 1816 around here for sale. looking for other small loaders any ideas?
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SECTLANDSCAPING Have you played much with the loader yet... still liking it? I am really thinking about getting a little one like that.

I can't find a 1816 around here for sale. looking for other small loaders any ideas?
Not really, keep getting 1 inch snow storms. All I have done with it is load some salt.

Its a older model so its going to be tough to find. I been looking for a parts machine since.

You might be best off buying on ebay. You can find them in farm states for cheap. Then spend $600-$700 to get it delivered with uship.

I would just keep your eye out. Thats how you find the best deals. If you buy when you need it, youll pay more every time.
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