The bill for the no-bid contract to run Trail Ridge Landfill that the Mayor wants to give to his buddy Paul Harden and Waste Management will be up for consideration in Council Committees next week. Jacksonville Politics has posted on this issue numerous times and why it is such a bad deal for the citizens of Jacksonville (just search Waste Management in the upper right hand side our page) as has the Times Union and Ron Littlepage. Littlepage takes on the City Council, the Mayor, and Paul Harden again today in his column.
According to Littlepage
A poll conducted earlier this week asked respondents if they approved of Mayor John Peyton’s plan to award the lucrative, 35-year contract to Waste Management without allowing other companies to submit bids that some argue could save taxpayers at least $100 million.
The answer wasn’t just no. It was heck no.
Eighty-seven percent said the bid process should be open to other companies.
In the polling business, that’s a huge number.
The poll also contained a message for City Council members who might be considering future political careers.
Asked if they would vote for a council member in a future election if that council member supported the no-bid contract, 60 percent of the respondents said they would be less likely to vote for that candidate.
Read the rest of the column here.