Miner Board of Aldermen
MINER -- With bids for solid waste pickup all coming in pretty close, the Miner Board of Aldermen decided to stay with the current company.
Board members awarded a new three-year contract for solid waste pickup to Allied Waste Services of Dexter, which has had the contract for nine years now, during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
With the new contract, the first year's rates will be $11.50 per month per home and $9.65 for seniors. The rates will be $11.88/$10.03 in the second year and $12.27/$10.42 in the third year.
Added to these prices will be a 50 cent administration fee, according to City Clerk Janet Tuttle.
"All I know is we get good service," said Alderman Frank Tatum.
"We've had good service with Allied," Mayor Betty Barnes agreed.
"We appreciate the opportunity to serve the community and look forward to a continuing working relationship," said Dan Rigazio, general manager for Allied Waste Services.
Also bidding were Sonny's Solid Waste of Sikeston, which bid $11.50/$9.50 for the first year, $11.75/$9.75 for the second year and $12/$10 for the third year; and Best Sanitation Services of Sikeston, which bid $11.50/$9.50 for the first two years with no bid for the third year.
Allied Waste advised if fuel increased above $3.70 per gallon or government surcharges/regulation costs increased, prices would be raised to reflect the increases on the anniversary date.
Sonny's also advised of possible rate increases if fuel went over $3.50 per gallon or government surcharges/regulation costs increased.
Best Sanitation advised rates could be raised at any time to reflect fuel or other operating costs.
In other business Tuesday:
* Board members approved paying a bill of $9,750 from G&C Contractors for the replacement of three fire hydrants and two 6-inch valves.
A fourth hydrant has also been replaced but will appear on another bill, according to city officials.
With these replacements, all the city's fire hydrants are in working order, according to Randy Allen, fire chief.
Allen said the hydrants will be painted with the standard color code to indicate their main size "as soon as the weather permits."
Board members also approved paying a bill of $2,075 from Lambert Engineering for the inspection of a city water tank, design work on a gate for the water treatment plant, and survey services at the convention center site.
The purchase and installation of a chlorine detector at the water treatment plant was also approved.
Willard Fincher, who will order and install the detector, advised the cost for both parts and labor will be $4,600.
* Board members approved the purchase of Jaws of Life and associated equipment from Allen for $6,500.
Allen said the equipment has already been used twice on Interstate 55 for vehicle fires within the last month and a half.
* Board members gave their OK for Allen to develop a survey seeking information on residential care facilities and other residents receiving managed care to be be sent out with the water bill for emergency management purposes.
* Rigazio offered a donation of two cases of smoke detectors for the fire department to give to home owners who are not able to afford them following a request by Allen for the city to purchase them.