An Anne Arundel judge has turned down a Howard County company's initial attempt to block an agreement that shut it out of a lucrative trash-hauling contract with Anne Arundel and Howard counties.
Judge Clayton Greene ruled Thursday that Anne Arundel and a state agency that oversees waste management were not unduly biased in selecting the builder of a Jessup transfer station to take municipal waste from the counties to landfills elsewhere. His decision rejected a request by Waste Management of Maryland Inc. for a temporary injunction to stop the awarding of the contract.
In a suit filed in June, the firm said Anne Arundel County and the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority selected Garnet Inc., builder of the transfer station, because the county would benefit from the contract by collecting a "host fee" of $1.10 a ton of waste brought to the station.
Waste Management claimed that it was the low bidder initially, but a revised bidding process favored Garnet, which was then named the low bidder.
But the company did not present evidence that the authority or the county acted fraudulently, Greene ruled.
A lawyer for Waste Management did not return phone calls to his office Friday.
The suit is not fully resolved, however. The judge has not ruled on the company's request that it be awarded the disposal contract and that the county, authority and state pay unnamed compensatory damages to Waste Management.
Pub Date: 7/28/96