Aug. 20--Manatee commissioners consider options on estimated $140 million solid waste contracts
MANATEE -- Manatee County commissioners Tuesday weighed whether to renew contracts with the solid waste haulers they currently use or start over and open the estimated $140 million deal to all bidders.
Commissioners heard a variety of views on how they might get the best price, the most cutting-edge and environmentally-friendly equipment, and the best service during a workshop meeting Tuesday at the County Administrative Building.
"This is a pure policy decision," said Mitch Kessler, president of Kessler Consulting Inc. of Tampa, the county's consultant on the solid waste franchise agreements with its two current haulers, Waste Manatement Inc. of Florida, and Waste Pro of Florida Inc.
He noted the county has already negotiated excellent service and competitive rates, adding, "You see why staff is recommending a renewal."
Potential competitor John Clifford, municipal services manager in the Tampa office of Phoenix-based Republic Services, told the board that if it chose an open bidding format, it could consider automatic collection systems, which "can spread savings across the whole system."
"You have nearly two years to draw up a well-crafted RFP (request for proposals) with all the service levels you want. You have a really perfect opportunity," he said.
Last month, the commission unanimously OK'd a plan to proceed with a multiyear renewal of solid waste franchise agreements with Waste Pro and Waste Management,, both with Bradenton offices, rather than using a bidding format to include all interested companies.
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