WESTMINSTER — City officials hope the county commissioners will take notice of theresults of unified bids for trash removal and recycling sought by Carroll's towns.
Opened Monday, the low bid -- from Haden Trash Removal Inc. of Glyndon -- would provide once-a-week separate pickup of trash and recyclables for $44.08 per residential unit. That fee, coupled with the proposed increase in the county's tipping fee from $15 to$40 per ton of trash would mean an annual bill of about $85 for Westminster residents.
"As we expected, it is more economical to go together in one large bid," said Mayor W. Benjamin Brown. "And I would anticipate the towns will take advantage of the cost savings."
Six Carroll towns -- Hampstead, Taneytown, New Windsor, Union Bridge and Manchester, as well as Westminster -- sought the service to provide the pickup of trash and recyclable materials from thousands of households.
Sykesville, which has its own recycling program, and Mount Airy, which straddles Frederick and Carroll counties, are not participating.
Brown and other municipal officials have said county residents would see lower trash-collection fees if the commissioners, looking to implement a countywide solid waste and recycling program, sought a unified bid. Generally, county residents pay more than their town counterparts.
"I think it has progressed beyond where the county can do anything this year," Brown said. "I hope the commissioners pay attention to what's happened here."
"It's much more economical for a multi-year contract," he added. "I hope the county commissioners at least make a commitment to do the same thing next year for all the citizens of Carroll County."
The bid documents were distributed to all the towns yesterday, said Tom Beyard, Westminster's director of planning and public works. Each town will decide whether to participate, he said.
"For Westminster, (the unified bid) would mean a savings of about $10,300 over three years," Beyard said. "or about $3,300 a year."
Taneytown City Manager Joseph Mangini also was pleased with the bids. Haden's low bid, he said, was about $10 below the low figure the city received when it sought its own bids.
He said he planned to recommend that the Town Council accept the bid at its May meeting. He said the unified service would mean lower trash rates for city residents.
Brown said he would recommend that the City Council accept the bid at its May 11 meeting.
In the unified bid, the towns sought a three-year contract. If a contract with Haden is approved, residents wouldsee their solid waste bills increase from $44.08 to $45.41 the second year and to $46.78 the third year.
The other bidders were Browning-Ferris Inc. of Baltimore, $62.56, and Eastern Waste Industries Inc. of Finksburg, $66.41. Those are first-year fees.