No Backing Down in Garbage Contract Dispute

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Neither side of this issue appear to be backing down any time soon.

Mayor Cheri Barry stands by her veto. Council president Jesse Palmer says he still believes Waste Management is the best bid even though it costs roughly $100,000 dollars more per year of the 3-year contract than going with the lower bid by Southern Waste.

"From our past experience in working with Waste Management we find that we would get more done and more consideration from Waste Management," said Palmer.

Asked if would give the lowest bidder, Southern Waste, a chance, Palmer said, "To me, it would just confuse the whole issue."

Additionally, Palmer disputes the annual $100,000 difference in the contract proposals. He says the difference would only actually be around $30,000 because of a host fee paid by Waste Management for dumping in Meridian.

But city officials say that host fee is a part of a different contract and applies only to garbage brought in from outside the county, which wouldn't create a cost difference because this trash is picked up in the city.

However Palmer says this isn't correct. Also, he says people would lose their jobs if the contract is awarded to a different company. But Southern Waste sales manager, Jimmie Moore, says the company would be hiring new employees and would even look to hire former Waste Management employees.

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