Council’s Administration and Finance Committee voted recently to recommend full council award a contract to hauling firm J. P. Mascaro & Sons, after hours of debate on whether one firm is the right choice, writes Dan Sokil for The Reporter.
Council is scheduled to vote on the contract this Wednesday.
“This isn’t an issue that the three of us should decide. It is something we need to make a decision about. It’s something that all nine of us need to decide,” said council President Denton Burnell.
Borough engineering consultant Chris Fazio and Assistant Solicitor Jennifer Prior described the results of the second set of bids, saying of the four firms that responded, three had problems with their bid packages, leaving Mascaro as the only responsible bidder. Of the four firms, Waste Management and BFI failed to include the mandatory proof of liability coverages, which Prior said was a required part of the bid package, and BFI and Advanced Disposal submitted conflicting information within their proposals that could not be corrected without putting one firm or another at a competitive disadvantage.
Fazio said Mascaro’s bid did produce the lowest price of those who responded, and described the prices submitted for multiple options, pickups once and twice a week and over three and five year periods. For a three year period with trash and recycling pickup once a week, the total cost to the borough will be roughly $1.57 million per year, or $18.64 per month per residence. Adding two additional option years to the single pickup per week would produce a total cost of $1.61 million per year or $19.20 per month per residence, according to Fazio.
Twice weekly pickups of trash and recycling for three years would cost a total of $1.83 million per year, or $21.82 per month per residence, and adding the two additional option years would produce a total cost of $1.9 million per year or $22.50 per month per residence.
Lansdale Borough Council next meets at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the borough municipal building, 1 Vine St. For more information or meeting agendas and materials visit www.Lansdale.org or follow @LansdalePA on Twitter.
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