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Funkstown trash, yard waste contract goes to Key Sanitation

June 15, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. changed the awarding of the town's trash- and yard waste-collection contract after town officials sorted out who was the actual low bidder.

Crampton said Tuesday that Key Sanitation of Frederick, Md., will get the contract.

At Monday night's Town Council meeting, the council voted 4-2 to award the contract to Apple Valley Waste, whom they believed at the time to be the low bidder. Apple Valley, of Kearneysville, W.Va., holds the current contract.

Later in the meeting, Bob Clark, president of Key Sanitation, said he believed his bid was the lowest.

After some discussion, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda L. Haynes said Key did have the low bid, but she had noted Apple Valley as the low bidder because the town wanted to keep trash pickup on Thursdays. Key wanted to collect trash on Saturdays.

Clark said he would get back to the town Tuesday after determining whether he could collect trash on Thursdays.

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The council voted 6-0 to give Crampton, at his request, the power to change the awarding of the contract if Key turned out to be the low bidder and could pick up trash on Thursdays. That prevented the need for a special meeting of the council to vote on the contract again.

Haynes said Key will take over the trash and yard waste contract starting July 1, with trash to be picked up on Thursdays and yard waste to be picked up on Tuesdays from April to November. It will be a one-year contract.

Key's bid was $48,888 for the year, compared with Apple Valley's bid of $62,654, according to bid documents.

With the new contract, town officials decided to save money and reduce trash collection from twice a week to once a week.

Key's bid for twice-a-week trash collection and once-a-week yard-waste collection was $74,002 a year, according to the bid submission.

Key's bid includes a statement that the days of collection would be mutually agreed on by the town and contractor.

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