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Texas Disposal wants to keep Columbus contract

September 04, 2019 - 00:00
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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.