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Waynesboro trash rates to increase next year

November 17, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Borough residents will be paying 50 percent more for trash service next year after Waynesboro Borough Council allowed its contractor to back out of its negotiated deal and then Wednesday unanimously accepted the company back at a higher bid price.

The vote to accept Waste Management's higher bid came one month after agreeing to let the refuse service opt out of the last renewal of its contract.

Under the new contract, residents would see their bill increase from $10.33 per month to $15.40 per month.

Waste Management backed out of its 2005 contract in October, citing financial reasons, according to borough manager Lloyd Hamberger in a previous statement. He also said the contract did not require Waste Management to give a reason.

The company was one of four refuse services to bid for the new contract, which will take effect in 2007. Hamberger said the council chose Waste Management's bid not because it was the lowest, but because it was the lowest bid which met the criteria of the contract.

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Hamberger explained that Allied Waste Co. offered the lowest bid, but included exemptions to not collect ash or place lids back on trash cans.

Solicitor Melissa Dively said the borough could not accept Allied Waste's bid because it did not satisfy the contract requirements.

"The borough cannot carve specifications out of a contract to match a bid," she said.

The council awarded the bid and accepted the rate increase in stride.

"Everyone complains about what costs money," councilman Allen Porter said. "Increases are a fact of life.

Hamberger said regardless of the company, all of the bids were much higher than current rates in the borough.

"Frankly, I was surprised Waste Management bid," he said. "I didn't think they would be interested."

Tom Stang, a Waste Management spokesman, thanked the council for its decision.

"We look forward to continuing to serve our customers," he said.

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