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Bids opened for Funkstown trash collection

July 12, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown's second attempt at securing a trash-collection contract for the year continued Monday night with bid openings during the town council meeting.

The council is expected to vote on a contract during a special meeting July 19 at 6 p.m. in Town Hall. The new contract will be for Aug. 1 to June 30, 2011.

Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. read aloud figures from four bidders at Monday's meeting, but it wasn't clear who had the official low bid. Crampton said bids would have to be reviewed to ensure they meet bid criteria.

Town attorney Robert Kuczynski advised Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes not to make the bid documents public because they are part of contract negotiations.

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Town officials asked for bids for once-a-week trash collection, which is a change from the twice-a-week collection the town has had, Haynes said.

According to Crampton, the bids were:

  • Apple Valley Waste, $42,133 for trash collection and $47,093 for trash and yard-waste collection. Yard waste service would be from April to November.

  • Peck's Refuse, $50,718.39 and $63,843.39, the latter of which included yard waste.

  • Key Sanitation, four prices ranging from about $45,000 to $52,000.

  • Waste Management, a monthly price of $5,405. That would work out to $59,455 for the remaining 11 months of the fiscal year.

    The town readvertised for trash service after confusion arose over the awarding of the contract in June. At the June 14 meeting, the council voted 4-2 to award the trash contract to Apple Valley Waste, which served the town this past year. Before the meeting ended, another bidder, with Key Sanitation, returned to contest the awarding of the bid, saying his company had the low bid.

    The council extended Apple Valley's current contract for one month to cover trash service until the new contract is awarded.

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