Funkstown council fails to move forward on garbage service

July 20, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown Town Council members could not move forward Monday night on deciding which company will provide the town's garbage collection service because there were not enough council members at a council meeting.

Four council members were needed to have a quorum, but only three council members -- Robert "Bobby" Rodgers Jr., Richard L. Gaver and John Phillips III -- came to Monday's 6 p.m. meeting, said Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott.

Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. was not at the meeting and Chirgott took the mayor's place to run the meeting.

Chirgott said after the meeting that town officials thought that one other council member was going to make it to the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned after it was realized there was not going to be a quorum and Chirgott said the meeting would be rescheduled.


Council members were planning to consider a company for the town's garbage service Monday night after confusion arose over the awarding of a garbage service contract in June.

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.

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 June 30, the council agreed to extend Apple Valley Waste's current contract for one month until a new contract is awarded.

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