Columbus can get everything it wants in a garbage collection contract from its current provider without going to all the trouble of getting new bids, the company told the city council last week.
“We believe we have a great partnership with the City of Columbus and want to continue it,” James Griffin of Texas Disposal Systems said.
“We feel we provide great service, and I think we have a very reasonable rate,” he added.
He asked that the council “authorize the city manager to negotiate (for a new contract) rather than do an RFP.”
Texas Disposal currently has a five-year contract with Columbus that ends in May 2020.
This past May, the council voted to put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to all waste collection companies before it takes action on a new contract.
Griffin said they could get whatever changes they are interested in just by negotiating with his company.
“It could save you a lot of paperwork and cost, and still get you what you want,” he said.
Earlier, the company indicated they wanted a 10-year contract at renewal time, City Secretary Bana Schneider said.
Griffin’s request came during the council’s “citizens’ comments” period, so no action was taken.