The Solid Waste Management Commission meets tonight, March 13 and part of the chairman's report includes discussion of contracts for the 2014 fiscal year.
Sal Squailia, an employee of Waste Tech Family Refuseinformation in this announcement:
The main purpose of the meeting is to go over the bids presented for the Collection of Municipal Waste & Recycling. There were only two bids submitted for review. One was from National Carting of Branford, the current hauler. The other bid was submitted by Waste Tech Family Refuse, also based in Branford.
The contract was for 3 years, with an option for a 4th and 5th year. The total bids, for the 5 years, were as follows:
National Carting: $4,681,839.00
Waste Tech Family Refuse: $3,425,000.00
Now, it would appear that Waste Tech's bid is far more attractive to a town that is looking for ways to cut costs without raising taxes. Waste Tech's bid would save the town $1.25 million over the 5 years. You would think it would be an easy decision for the town to accept Waste Tech's proposal, as Waste Tech meets all of the criteria listed within the terms of the bid proposed by the Town of Branford.
At this time, it would appear that town officials are seriously considering accepting National's bid in the "best interest of the town". Town officials are looking for any loophole they can find to award the contract back to National. Something smells funny...
Now, I must admit that I am an employee of Waste Tech Family Refuse, so I am obviously biased. With that being said, I am also a resident of Branford. The best interest of the Town is clearly not being considered in this case. Our company is more than capable of performing the service in accordance with the terms of the bid, and we would be saving the Town of Branford $1.25 million in the process.
Hopefully we will see some of you at the meeting tomorrow night.
The Solid Waste Management Commission meets tonight, March 13, at 7:45 p.m. at the Canoe Brook Senior Center.