Proposed Sanitation Contract Possibly Illegal
I want to encourage everyone to try to attend the Tuesday evening meeting (5:30PM) of the council to address concerns regarding the proposed sanitation privatization.
As reported in the August 5th Courier Journal, the process mandated by law for soliciting competitive bids was not adheared to, and therefore any action by Mayor Garner to sign a sanitation contract under these conditions will likely bring lawsuits from other eligible companies.
Documents regarding this matter explain that the purpose of mandating procedures for bid solicitation are in place in order to prevent "back room dealing" which deprives the citizenry of assurances that the best possible deal had been made on their behalf.
The contention is that New Albany solicited bids for DISPOSAL only, and did not indicate a request for bids concerning COLLECTION. Thus, only one service, Industrial Disposal, submitted a bid for both services while other companies submitted bids only for disposal.
Indeed, the RFP (request for proposal) was issued back in early April of this year for a three year contract for disposal of solid waste. Yet, the contract Garner is awarding to Industrial Disposal is outside the scope of the RFP in that it includes both collection and disposal of solid waste, not for a 3 year term, but for an eight year period contract.
The city did not comply with mandated bidding processes, and therefore the proposed contract with ID can likely be considered illegal, unbinding, and unenforceable.
This is an important decision that concerns everyone within the city limits of New Albany. This is also another blatant example of corruption within the system of City politics and services.
This is the time to show up, in force, and insist that we are not going to tolerate such underhanded tactics from those who were elected to protect the best interest of the public.