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Niagara Falls terminates contract with firm hired to mow vacant lots

NIAGARA FALLS – The city on Wednesday terminated a contract with a Youngstown firm hired to mow vacant lots around the city.

The move to drop Baker Tree Care came two days after a number of members of the public registered complaints at the City Council meeting about high grass – some 3 to 5 feet high – at lots in their neighborhoods.

Baker Tree Care had been awarded the contract at the end of March, coming in as the lowest of four bidders.

Lawmakers on Wednesday awarded the work to the firm that was the second-lowest bidder, K.J. Smith Enterprises of Niagara Falls. The firm is in the process of getting bonding in place and is expected to begin work in a few days, city officials said.