WATER VALLEY – Work continues on updating bid specifications for the county’s curbside garbage pickup contract that is set to expire in early 2013.
For almost a dozen years Resourceful Environmental Services (R.E.S.) has provided curbside garbage pickup service in the county. The company charges the county a monthly fee of $10.88 for weekly pickup for an estimated 2,950 cans in the county. The county then charges each customer $12 per month, with the difference used to operate the solid waste department.
Although supervisors have been pleased with the price with R.E.S. – only one 37 cent monthly increase per can in six years – service has been identified as a problem with the company.
Last month supervisors hired garbage consultant Chip Barton to help update the bid proposal. County officials reviewed options with Barton during the “first Monday” meeting last week.
After discussing adding specific language for fuel and CPI increases, supervisors appeared to be reluctant to tighten the bid proposal too much.
“If you get too many regulations in this, that is when you are going to get that $22 per household,” District 5 Supervisor Bubba Tillman noted.
However supervisors did express interest in adding penalties for poor service. Missed garbage routes or missing the same residence consecutive times could trigger this penalty.
Following the work session with Barton, supervisors agreed to contemplate the options and meet with Barton at a recessed meeting scheduled Dec. 14.