Clear Spring council accepts bid that includes curbside recycling

March 14, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER |

Clear Spring is set to offer curbside recycling to residents in town limits starting next fiscal year.

The council on Monday accepted the second-lowest of five waste-disposal bids that included the curbside service. Residents currently take recycling to a Washington County bin at Clear Spring Park.

Council members rejected the lowest bid of $70,902 for three years, submitted by Key Sanitation of Frederick, Md., because it included a recycling tipping fee of $25 per ton on top of a base rate for recycling service. Key Sanitation was the only one of the five bids to include a separate fee for recycling.

The council selected the next-lowest bid from Apple Valley Waste of Kearneysville, W.Va., of $71,091 for three years.

In his motion to select Apple Valley’s bid, Councilman Teddy Hovermale said of the bid, “It’s a set rate.”

The bid was approved Monday by a 3-0 vote. Vice Mayor Steve Blickenstaff abstained, but he did not say why.

Apple Valley Waste will change the town’s trash-collection day from Friday to Tuesday, according to town documents. Recycling will be picked up on Thursdays.

Clear Spring’s current trash contract, with Allied Waste of Hagerstown, does not include curbside recycling service, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.

The town council also approved bids for mowing and electrical repair at its water and sewer plants Monday.

The council selected Nailes Lawn Care LLC as its mowing contractor for the coming year at a rate of $34.50 per cut at the sewer plant and $30 per cut at the water plant. Nailes was the lowest of five bidders.

For electrical repairs, the council chose Talbert Electrical Services of Clear Spring, whose bid was $3,800. Talbert was the lowest of two bidders.

The town rebid the electrical contract after council members expressed concern with discrepancies in the bids it received from the companies in February.

Blickenstaff said the new bids saved the town a small amount of money on the contract.

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