By David Howell
COFFEEVILLE – The cost for garbage pickup in the county will increase this spring after supervisors opened three bids for the new three-year contract period that starts in April. Waste Management, the current provider, submitted the lowest bid at $14.51 per month for each residential can in the county, up from the $12.81 the company currently charges the county.
Two other bids were also opened in Tuesday’s supervisor meeting in Coffeeville – Waste Pro USA Inc. at $16.89 and Arrow Disposal Service Inc. at $15.45. Supervisors took the bids under advisement and will revisit the topic during a recessed meeting Friday after examining the fine print in each bid
Waste Management has provided the garbage pickup in unincorporated areas in the county since 2013. Prior to Waste Management, Resourceful Environmental Services (RES) provided the service in the county for 12 years, a relationship that ended on a sour note after repeated complaints about service from customers in the county.
There are over 3,000 residential cans in the county that are picked up each week by the county’s garbage provider.
In Tuesday’s meeting supervisors also learned the final savings to refinance the 20-year jail debt is just over $142,000. Last month supervisors agreed to refinance the $2,165,000 owed on the note after learning that the country’s tax overhaul signed by President Donald Trump will eliminate advanced refunding, a practice used by most issuers to refinance bonds on a tax-exemption basis beyond 90 days from their call date for interest rate savings.
E. J. Gregory, a government specialist with Memphis-based Duncan-Williams, told county officials during their Dec. 14 meeting they would have to move fast to close the deal before the end of the year.
The refinance does not extend the 20-year term of the debt, which runs through 2033. The bulk of financing for the jail construction came through a lease-purchase agreement executed in late 2013 when the county borrowed $2.6 million to fund the construction for the facility that houses a maximum of 61 inmates and the county’s 911 dispatch center.
The refinance converted the $2.165 million debt to a general obligation bond.