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  • St. Johnsville to award waste contract to Weaver’s Sanitation

  • The village of St. Johnsville will award its trash and waste hauling contract to Weaver’s Sanitation of Palatine Bridge.

    The board of trustees will award the contract during a special meeting scheduled to begin after the board’s annual organizational meeting on Monday, April 1. The organizational meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Community House at 16 Washington St.

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  • The village of St. Johnsville will award its trash and waste hauling contract to Weaver’s Sanitation of Palatine Bridge.
    The board of trustees will award the contract during a special meeting scheduled to begin after the board’s annual organizational meeting on Monday, April 1. The organizational meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Community House at 16 Washington St.
    In order to award the contract the board will first have to rescind a previous motion that awarded the village’s trash and waste hauling to County Waste, village Attorney Norman Mastromoro said during Tuesday evening’s board of trustees meeting.
    Mastromoro said Weaver’s Sanitation challenged the board’s March 5 motion and he agreed with their contention that County Waste’s bid did not meet specifications.
    “The bid specified the hauler would be responsible for hauling 160 gallons of garbage and trash and an unlimited amount of recyclables, while County Waste’s bid was for hauling 96 gallons of garbage and trash and 65 gallons of recyclables, for a total of 161 gallons. Weaver argued County Waste did not bid on what was specified in the bid package and I agree. Even though, for the most part, the hauler will not be asked to haul 160 gallons of garbage and trash when they do their collection, it is specified in the bid package that they have to have the ability to haul that much,” he said. “After reviewing the bid package, I agree County Waste’s bid does meet the village’s specifications.”
    Mastromoro said additional fees for hauling more than 96 gallons of garbage and trash and 65 gallons of recyclables would lift County Waste out of low-bidder status.
    “If there were times when County Waste would be called on to haul more than the contracted amount, the additional fees would prove to be quite costly,” he said.
    Mayor Bernard Barnes said the vote to rescind the March 5 motion was postponed Tuesday evening due to Trustee James Castrucci’s absence for jury duty.
    “Legally, the trustee who made the original motion has to ask for the motion to be rescinded, so the vote to award the contract will have to wait until April 1,” he said.
    Barnes added the decision to award the bid to County Waste was a “misunderstanding.”
    “The bids were not entirely clear and we should have taken the additional time to review them further before making a decision to award the contract,” he said. “This is something that we as a board hope to learn from as we move forward.”
    Mastromoro said the contract with Weaver’s Sanitation will be for three years, and added the village received additional bids outside of the bids from Weaver’s and County Waste.
    In other business Tuesday evening, the board decided to hold off on entering a contract with Johnson Controls of Syracuse. The company offers products and services to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings.

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