Thursday, May 19, 2011
County considers garbage bids
By SUE WATSON
Five companies proffered bids for household solid waste collection and disposal in Marshall County. The current contract is with Resourceful Environmental Services of Ripley.
Bids were tabled after opening while the board of supervisors took time to study the bids and assure that each bidder followed all specifications in the process. But bids, without other considerations, were as follows (from low to high) for household and small commercial solid waste collection and disposal:
• Bro’s Environmental Services, Byhalia. $10.50 per month for both residential and small commercial customers. Bid was rejected for several reasons, including insufficient information in bid package.
• Waste Connection, Walnut. $11.18 per month for both residential and small commercial customers.
• Arrow Disposal Services, Abbeville, Ala. $15.63 for both residential and small commercial customers. The company offered several optional bids – option 1, $14.70 a month for both residential and commercial; option 2a, $11.55 per month for residential or commercial; option 2b, $10.80 per month for both residential and commercial; option 3a, $12.73 per month for both residential and commercial; and option 3b, $11.98 per month for both residential and commercial. The conditions specifying the various options were not read aloud at bid opening.
• Advanced Disposal Services, Olive Branch. $19.55 a month for both residential and commercial customers.
• R.E.S., Ripley. $21.25 for residential, $27.75 a month for small commercial; option b, $13.40 for residential, $17.75 for small commercial; option c, $12.50 a month for residential, $16.25 for small commercial. Options b. and c. were not read aloud at bid opening and were not called for in the bid specifications.
Supervisors voted to take all bids under advisement, to see if any bidders failed to follow the bid instructions, and to consider bid proposals at a meeting set for Wednesday, May 11, at 5 p.m.
The request for proposals includes options that the vendor may supply in addition to specifications outlined by the county. The current contract with R.E.S. runs out June 15, 2011, unless renewed.
A countywide residential container count taken by the county showed 10,102 containers were in circulation on the week of the count, according to supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett.
The board was still looking at the bids as of Monday this week.
Other bids were opened for waste oil and scrap metal. Earnest Harris bid 10 cents a pound for metal and 10 cents a gallon for waste oil. McPhearson Oil did not bid on scrap metal but bid 90 cents a gallon on waste oil. Martin Brothers bid the daily market price for scrap metal and did not bid on waste oil disposal.
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