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Mayor digging in his heels on Waste Management no-bid contract

I just finished reading the latest developments in the Waste Management no-bid contract to operate the City’s Trail Ridge Landfill on the TU tonight.  Three – count them, three – companies have now come forward and want to bid on the Trail Ridge Landfill contract in a fair contest with Waste Management (and their negotiated no-bid contract) using the City’s bid process as required by the City’s ordinance code. 

And what does the Administration do?  They spout off garbage rates supposedly from other areas with absolutely no back up facts mentioned in the article, so you can’t even tell if they are making a fair comparison. 

And then, they have the chutzpah to say that anybody who wants to bid on the landfill needs to demontrate that they will be cheaper if they assume all the same liabilities and responsibilites that Waste Management has agreed to, even though the companies have already committed to doing  just that.  Ummmm, Mr. Mayor and Mr. Hollingsworth, isn’t that exactly what the City Ordinance requires be done in the bid process? 

To add insult to injury, Mr. Hollingsworth boldly states that  the companies who want to bid “must be willing to back the city if Waste Management files and wins a lawsuit.  “The real question is, are these opponents to this deal willing to pay those lawsuit damages in the event the city loses in court?” he said. ”

Funny,  I don’t see him making that same demand of Waste Management. 

Wouldn’t  the Mayor’s Office demands be more plausible and fairer if they also required that Waste Management meet those same conditions?  Shouldn’t Waste Management also be willing to back the City and pay the lawsuit damages, if the companies that want to bid file lawsuits and the City loses in Court?

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  1. leo says:

    this is regarding the Waste Management issue:

    suddenly, the free market doesn’t look so free now does it?

    I’ve had experience trying to deal with Waste Management and they are pretty rigid and love to lock in no-bid deals, and they have an extensive legal team to keep pursuing it. So don’t be surprise if our mayor waivers. In New Orleans, WM successfully gave the city a kick-back using $800,000 of federal funds, which was uncovered and City was forced to give it back. Granted we were in New Orleans with its history of corruption, but Waste Management showed no shame in dealing with ethical practices, they will sue the city and the state to get their way.

    this is regarding the Waste Management issue:

    suddenly, the free market doesn’t look so free now does it?

    I’ve had experience trying to deal with Waste Management and they are pretty rigid and love to lock in no-bid deals, and they have an extensive legal team to keep pursuing it. So don’t be surprise if our mayor waivers. In New Orleans, WM successfully gave the city a kick-back using $800,000 of federal funds, which was uncovered and City was forced to give it back. Granted we were in New Orleans with its history of corruption, but Waste Management showed no shame in dealing with ethical practices, they will sue the city and the state to get their way.

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