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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  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Sep 8, 2010 at 10:45 AM
    What could the city do with the money saved? Well, it could start by not requiring city employees to furlogh any more days. Those in favor of keeping Waste Management have an ulterior motive. This city, like our country, is broke. The ONLY way to reduce debt and build wealth is to spend less than you make. I applaud the Mayor for trying to do the right thing. Mr. Palmer's constituents need to re-think their priorities at election time and vote for someone who will spend the city's money as if it were his/her own, rather than as a blank check written by the taxpayers.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    Pamela if you dont have the money wonder how long you would do it oh you would use a CC then not pay it.. but like most in the south you pick on a spelling or attack the character of the person rather then stay on the topic.. as far as WM the parent company is laid-law ... Julie think you need to read better.. I never said anything about the joke casinos run by fools... but seeing how the south is ran no wonder this state is 20 behind the times.. talk about a joke.. you brag about me christian and the min church is out ready to run the next person over.. you talk about scripture and yet are 180 in life the other way..
  • by Julie Location: Meridian on Sep 6, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    ANONYMOUS ON 9/4/2010 at 7:38 a.m.: Are you perhaps blogging on the wrong topic? What does the "casino" have to do with the garbage contract between the City of Meridian and Waste Management/Southern Waste---which is the topic of discussion? I would suggest that you pay more attention to your punctuation and sentence structure, and let me worry that Neiman-Marcus is spelled correctly, as it was spelled incorrectly(WAY incorrectly) in a previous post on this topic. You need to pay attention to what and where you are posting. Consider your ignorance and lack of attention to the subject at hand.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 4, 2010 at 05:38 AM
    Laura if that is all you have to give as far as a response then you along with the other dumb comments here shows what education and mentality is in this state and why it is going to ____ with the peddle to the metal and are clueless how to use the brakes... as far as Philly goes that area became a lost cause years ago as it said all the casino will support all we do.. like most all the eggs in one basket...
  • by James Location: philadelphia on Sep 3, 2010 at 09:28 AM
    I have all kind of problems with southern waste, they leave my cans in middle of road and will not pick up garbage if it falls out of can. Just last monday they left my can in the road and it got run over. Called city and still no response. we had waste management and if i had a problem some one called before day was over. also southern waste charges by light meter and I have 2 on my property so I get charged on each bill. $20.00 month for sorry service but city says they can do nothing about. I would rather have waste management. We use them at work and at landfill in lake
  • by Chuckles Location: Lauderdale County on Sep 3, 2010 at 06:43 AM
    It looks like some people don't want to give up the bribe money they are given to keep Waste Management in the area.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Sep 3, 2010 at 05:52 AM
    Newman and Markus???????????? How about Neiman-Marcus? How ignorant can you possibly be?
  • by citizen on Sep 3, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    Southern Waste is a reputable company. They hire local people also. Waste Management is a good company. They typically charge more for their service. Wake up Meridian, these are rough economic times. Save money where you can. This is an area where you can save $100,000 a year and not loose anything. Well, Mr. Palmer may loose something.
  • by JP Location: GULF OF MEXICO on Sep 3, 2010 at 04:58 AM
    THE FACT THAT I WAS IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS, PLUS I AM FROM UP NORTH & THE EAST COAST. I COULD TELL YOU SOME THINGS FROM MY PAST DEALINGS WITH WASTE MANAGMENT...SUCH AS PAYOFFS-GIFTS & OF COURSE THE OCCASIONAL VISIT FROM COUSIN VINNY IF YOU DON'T COME AROUND...TRUST ME THERE ARE VALID REASONS WHY ANYONE WOULD STICK WITH WASTE MANAGMENT EVEN THOUGH THE BID IS HIGHER....ALSO..WASTE MANAGMENT WOULD NEVER-EVER LOWER THEIR BID TO MATCH UP...THEY ARE NOT FAMOUS UP NORTH FOR NEGOTIATIONS....
  • by Pamela Location: Meridian on Sep 2, 2010 at 11:25 PM
    Response to Anonymous Yes I would shop at Neiman & Marcus learn how to spell and maybe you will know if its an original or a knockoff. It is a matter of preference and I choose the better.
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