A contract agreement with a new trash collector is in the works in Harrisonville after aldermen recently approved a motion for the city to negotiate with Municipal Waste Services.
Currently, Harrisonville residents have their trash and recycling picked up by WCA, known as Town & Country before it was acquired by WCA in 2015. The contract with WCA/Town & Country is set to expire this year, and a new contract with another company will begin Jan. 1.
Harrisonville City Administrator Happy Welch said he and the city attorney will negotiate a contract agreement with Municipal Waste Services and bring it back to the board for approval. Their goal is to have the contract ready by the Oct. 2 meeting of the board of aldermen.
In August, city officials said residents should expect to pay more for trash and recycling to be picked up based on the proposals the city received. The city received bids from WCA/Town & Country, Municipal Waste Services, Jim’s Disposal Services and Waste Management.
Residents currently pay $12.49 per month to have their trash picked up by WCA. The charge includes an administrative fee to cover office staff time, clean-up days and containers the city gets for the Burnt District Festival. However, Welch said the administrative fee is set to decrease with the new contract.
Welch said city staff recommended accepting a bid from Municipal Waste Services, though it was not the lowest bidder with a base proposal price of $13.80 per household per month.
“The original recommendation was due to the amount of complaints received since WCA took over from Town and Country and the positive reviews we received about Municipal Services,” Welch said.
The initial request for proposals reduced the frequency of yard waste pick-up from a weekly service to once a month; however, after hearing several comments from citizens concerned about the reduced yard waste pick-up, aldermen decided to modify the request and asked bidders how much it would cost to collect yard waste each week as well as the cost to collect yard waste on a weekly basis 26 weeks out of the year.
Three of the four bidders submitted quotes to reflect weekly yard waste pick-up. Municipal Waste Services’ quote remained the same at $13.80 per household per month.
Welch said the city is now considering having Municipal Waste Services pick up yard waste once a week for 34 weeks out of the year, with no pick-up during the winter months, though the contract negotiation is ongoing.
Before it agreed to negotiate with Municipal Waste Services, aldermen during their Aug. 21 meeting also heard testimonies from representatives of WCA as well as Municipal Waste Services.
After spending more than an hour discussing the trash collection proposals, aldermen voted 6-1 to authorize Welch and the city attorney to negotiate a contract with Municipal Waste Services. Alderman Judy Reece voted no.
The next Harrisonville board of aldermen meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 5.