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Funkstown officials plan special meeting tonight on trash bids

June 30, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown's mayor and Town Council will hold a special meeting tonight at 6 at Town Hall to vote on rejecting the bids for trash collection service, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said Wednesday afternoon.

The council is expected to reject the bids and continue trash service with the current contractor, Apple Valley Waste, through July while the town re-advertises for bids for trash collection, Haynes said.

That means trash would continue to be picked up twice a week through July, Haynes said.

The new one-year contract was for once-a-week trash pickup and weekly yard-waste collection from April to November.

The council voted 4-2 on June 14 to award the trash contract for the coming year to Apple Valley. But before the meeting ended, another bidder returned to the meeting to contest the awarding of the contract, saying he had the low bid.

It turns out Bob Clark, president of Key Sanitation, was correct in that his company did have the low bid. Once town officials were able to confirm that the next day, the mayor, with the council's permission, changed the awarding of the contract to Key Sanitation.

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Haynes said Wednesday that Apple Valley Waste complained about the switch.

On the advice of the town's attorney, Robert Kuczynski, the council will vote tonight on rejecting all the bids and rebidding the contract, she said.

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