Council terminates garbage contract

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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 4:56 pm

At a special meeting May 28, the Jefferson City Council looked at ways to replace its contracted garbage carrier. Independence Waste’s contract was supposed to run through December of this year, but no trucks had picked up garbage in the city for nearly three weeks and the company was not returning phone calls.

City Attorney Sabrina LaFleur-Sayler sent a letter to the company May 23 as a Notice of Termination of Contract. The city must now advertise for bids to find a new service. That process will take about a month.

Street Superintendent Randy Crum contacted as many as eight garbage haulers to find a temporary solution. Only Loren Fischer Disposal of Vermillion was willing to take on the job, at a cost of $16.50 per account. The city is currently charging residents $11.50 per month and must honor that price until a new contract is in place.

LaFleur-Sayler said the contract does provide a procedure to recoup losses from Independence Waste’s performance bond and liability insurance. She will look into that further.

The notice for Advertisement for Bids is on page 7 of this edition and runs two weeks. The council will open bids at its next regular meeting, July 1.