Crestview council weighs garbage collectors' contract proposals

Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM.

Waste Pro's proposed charges are $17.25 and $23, a savings of $21.12 and $12 annually, respectively, if the company is selected again.

Also bidding were Inland Services Corporation, a Texas-based company, and Waste Management, which previously held the city's contract.

Waste Management proposed the highest monthly charges of $24.38 for residential service and $30 for commercial.

"I feel they have priced themselves out of bid consideration," Steele stated in an evaluation letter to the council.

Cheapest isn't always best

Roy noted that though Allied offered the best prices, "this does not mean the lowest bidder is the best choice for the city of Crestview."

The committee had many factors to consider in making its recommendation to the council, Roy said, including customer service.

Councilman Tom Gordon, who often simplifies issues into household terms, concurred, observing that he can buy a hamburger for a dollar, but if he wants a tasty hamburger, he expects to pay more.

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