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Funkstown Town Council trashes garbage service bids

New bids must be submitted by 4 p.m. July 12

June 30, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

FUNKSTOWN --The Funkstown Town Council will advertise for new bids for trash service after confusion arose over the awarding of a garbage service contract in June.

During a special meeting Wednesday night, the council voted to reject bids for trash service that it considered during a June 14 meeting.

New bids must be submitted to the town by July 12 at 4 p.m., town attorney Robert Kuczynski said Wednesday. Council members will be able to vote on a new garbage contract July 19, he said.

Confusion arose June 14 after the council voted 4-2 to award the trash contract for the coming fiscal year to Apple Valley Waste, its current garbage hauler, believing it submitted the low bid. But before the meeting ended, another bidder returned to contest the awarding of the contract, saying his company had the low bid.

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Bob Clark, president of Key Sanitation, said his company submitted the low bid for once-a-week pickup, which turned out to be true.

Apple Valley Waste was the low bidder for twice-a-week pickup, but the council awarded the company a new contract for once-a-week pickup.

On Wednesday, the council agreed to extend Apple Valley Waste's current contract for one month, until a new contract is awarded. The new contract will be from Aug. 1 to June 30, 2011, town officials said.

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