The Board of Selectmen at its most recent meeting approved a pair of two-year contracts for waste and recycling disposal.
The elected body at its June 28 meeting voted 3-0 to approve a $252,766 contract with Stamford-based City Carting for the hauling and disposal of construction debris and yard waste from the Transfer Station, and a $169,383 contract with Danbury-based Oak Ridge Waste & Recycling to haul recycling material.
City Carting was the low bidder for the first contract, hauling at $50 per ton of yard waste and $195 per “pull,” Mann told the selectmen at their meeting, held in Town Hall and via videoconference. A pull means “every time we take a dumpster out of the [Transfer Station] yard it costs money,” Manns said. The rates compare to $45 and $175, respectively, last year. The construction material is to be hauled at rates of $98 per ton and $195 per pull, compared to $85 and $175, respectively, last year, he said.
The selectmen asked whether Oak Ridge put in a bid on the yard waste (yes, but they calculated it per-cubic yard, not per-ton as the RFP spelled out), whether City Carting is the existing contractor for the town (yes) and whether City Carting is locked in at the new rate for two years (yes).
Oak Ridge came back with the same per-ton and per-pull rates as City Carting on the recycling contract ($65 and $210, respectively), Mann said. After consulting with the town attorney, the town went back to both companies with a letter asking if they would hold their price or lower it, and Oak Ridge did come down to $187 per-pull, earning the contract.
“Both of them have given us good service in the past,” Mann said.
First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kathleen Corbet and Nick Williams voted 3-0 in favor of each contract.