BEND, OR -- The Downtown Bend Business Association finds itself with a unique problem, and it may be the result of an improving economy. Executive Director Chuck Arnold tells KBND News that the city’s hanging flower baskets are without a caretaker.
"We have these baskets, 100 of them, we’ve had a contractor for five years who’s done it, but he moved out of state," Arnoled says. "An so we are actually stuck without a contractor and these baskets are set to go up in about 60 days. We need someone to basically water and care for them during the six-month period."
Arnold said he initially wasn’t worried about finding a replacement, "We’ve usually – I’ve put out the request for proposals and I usually get about a dozen landscape contractors that apply. But, it’s been very difficult to find somebody this time around."
This year, they’ve received only one application. Arnold says most of the companies they’ve reached out to are just too busy to take on the extra work. The baskets have been hung over Memorial Day weekend, since 2006.
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