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“This just sends the wrong message if we say we want this company or that company to be the landfill. It sends a message that this is who we want, period,” Jason Rogers argued.
Brown noted that the city saved more than $18,000 in landfill costs in January, the first month after the city switched from Waste Management to Sanitation Solutions on a month-to-month basis. Projected out, that would be a savings of more than $216,000 over a full year.
Waste Management’s 10-year contract expired several months ago, and the council decided to open it up for bidding because Sanitation Solutions had recently completed a new landfill three miles southeast of Blossom.
Waste Management submitted a bid of $17.75 a ton, almost 40 percent lower than the $29 a ton it was charging before Sanitation Solutions came into the picture, but Sanitation Solutions came in with an even lower bid of $17.25 a month.
Josh Bray, owner of Sanitary Solution, handed out a report showing that his company handled 91 loads of residential trash and about 750 tons of demolition material for $22,722, compared to $40,768 it would have cost the city under its old contract with Waste Management.
“If we saved $18,000, and we’ll save that same $18,000 the next month, right. And the month after that and the month after that. So why are we rushing?” Jason Rogers said.
Pickle said by using that logic, “the city could operate on a month-to-month basis for the next five years, and that’s not fair to either one of the bidders.“
“So we’re trying to do what’s best for the bidder? I thought we were trying to do what’s best for the city of Paris,” Rogers added.
“I think we’ve seen enough,” Brown said.
“In one month?” asked Rhonda Rogers.
“We are saving money, according to this paper. I will not argue with that. If we continue to save this kind of money, then they are obviously the low bidder,” she said.
“But we don’t need to be shortsighted. If we wait until after the election, if the vote is staying with the city — and I’m saying IF in capital letters — and have the city collect residential trash, then our city trucks are using a lot of that gas that (people) say is headed for five dollars a gallon.