Albany's contract with a
trash company runs out next month, but on Tuesday city officials could not decide
whether to renew it.
The discussion over
whether to go with a lower bid from another company turned into debate over
providing equal opportunities for minorities.
It was a heated discussion
that took more than an hour. Commissioner BJ Fletcher felt they got off topic.
Trans Waste has provided
trash pickup services for the city for about 10 years. On Tuesday, city
commissioners considered a lower bid from Waste Pro, but some commissioners
weren't sure they liked the offer.
"As we discussed the
bid process it came out that the current contractor has a minority
subcontractor that does a substantial amount of the work, and so some
commissioners were concerned what would happen to those workers that worked for
the subcontractor," said Commissioner Roger Marietta.
Commissioner Marietta says
the whole bidding process was flawed.
"I'm on the solid
waste committee and we weren't even consulted. It was done kind of behind our
backs and I think it should have been presented to us first."
Commissioner Fletcher says
she felt the conversation got off topic.
"What should have
been a simple vote ended up getting tabled because there were discussions that
maybe weren't appropriate. I don't know that everything that happened in there
was it legal or was it not legal," said commissioner B.J. Fletcher.
The contract will expire
at the end of June, but the city manager is hoping they can extend their
current contract until commissioners make a decision.
Waste Pro's bid is about 80 thousand dollars
lower that Trans Waste.