By Jeff Gallatin
City officials are glad they won’t have to throw away two years’ work with Republic Services and, instead, can look forward to major cost savings and one-day-a-week pickups.
Mayor Kevin Kennedy said Thursday after reviewing recent contract bids, his administration will be presenting to City Council shortly a proposed new trash and recycling contract with Republic. It’s estimated the new contract will save nearly $600,000 in 2013 and several million over the next few years. In addition, city officials said the current contract includes provisions for a one-day-a-week pickup for the city instead of the current two. The city and Republic instituted the new automated pickup and recycling program for the city in 2010.
Kennedy credited Safety & Service Director Scott Thomas’ work as well as city residents’ strong participation in the recycling as key factors in the reduced costs.
“Thanks to Mr. Thomas’ hard work with the details of the contract, we will be able to properly recognize the efforts of our citizens,” Kennedy said. “Due to the residents recycling more, they truly helped the city achieve a promising outcome that will lead to positive impact on the community. I am proud and appreciative of our residents and Mr. Thomas for helping the city earn this savings.”
Referring to the one-day-a-week provision, Kennedy said it’s likely the city will
go to one-day-a-week pickup, instead of the current two.
“It’s more efficient and easier for people to deal with,” he said. “So, they probably can see that sometime next year.”
Kennedy said the date for the one-day pickup has not yet been determined.
City officials said the proposed contract is for five years with two one-year options. Republic’s bid was recommended last week by the city Board of Control. It won out over bids from Waste Management, Rumpke and Kimble. Kennedy noted the cost per household in the new contract will actually cost less than the current one.
“That’s one the residents should really thank themselves for,” he said. “We’re talking under $12 per household when the new deal starts, as opposed to about $15 now. People have really gotten on board with the recycling, and the savings we’re getting for the program are a direct result of that.”
Bid figures provided by the city
show Republic has a bid of $1,416,057,
or $11.26 per household for 2013.
Republic’s figures for the remaining years
are: 2014, $1,416,057, $11.26; 2015, $1,447,497, $11.26 per household; 2016, $1,483,968; 2017, $1,521,696; 2018, $1,566,969, $12.46 per household; 2019, $1,613,500, $12.83 per household.
Kennedy said the city also was able to get good terms on the fuel-related clauses, saying it also could end up saving even more money there, depending on how prices fluctuate through the length of the contract.
Thomas said awarding the contract will save some potential headaches.
“Republic’s really worked hard with us at making sure the automated trash and recycling programs have worked out for the city and residents,” Thomas said. “That effort’s showed more and more as we got further into the program and everybody got used to it.”
He said an immediate benefit to residents will be that they will be able to retain their current trash and recycling containers.
“That would have been a real challenge and tough on the residents, to have their containers taken and then have to worry about getting new ones from another contractor,” Thomas said. “This makes it easier for all involved.”
Paul Barker, chairman of City Council’s Finance Committee, said he’s glad to see the city obtain a good deal.
“With all the cuts in state funding to cities and difficulty in other revenue areas, it helps a lot when we can get a deal like this, where we’re saving some money,” he said. “I’m sure residents also will appreciate that it means there shouldn’t be any disruption in their services.”