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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

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.

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