YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Removing a few sentences from its bid specifications may end up saving Yorktown almost $1 million in garbage collection in the 2013 budget, said Supervisor Michael Grace.
“Having purged our previous bid document of language we thought was restrictive in terms of inviting possible start-up businesses from bidding on the garbage contract, we went out to bid, and we got two bids lower than our current contract,” Grace said.
Yorktown previously required 10 years of experience from its garbage crews, but the new bid will have no experience requirement. The change resulted in two bids that were about $500,000 and $800,000 less than the 2012 contract it has with C.R.P. Sanitation.
Competition Carting came in as the unofficial lowest bidder, at $2.49 million annually, and C.R.P was the unofficial second lowest bidder, at $3 million annually.
“So we’re going to be in the process of vetting the two lowest bidders, but the potential is that we can save $1 million in the cost of garbage collection services to the town beginning next year,” Grace said of the two unofficial bids. “So that is a huge savings.”
The sanitation budget for Yorktown in 2012 was $5.1 million, which was up from $4.5 million in 2011. The town had six-year contract with C.R.P. that expired on Dec. 31, 2011. C.R.P. was brought back for a one-year contract in 2012.
“It’s always good to re-bid these things,” said Council member Nick Bianco. “And thank God we had in our contract that we can do it on a yearly basis. We’ll vet the two winners on the bid and see which way we go.”
The board is also in the process of challenging a prevailing wage law, which is a rate set by the state Department of Labor for specific jobs and are tied to union wages. Bianco has said the law resulted in a large increase of the 2012 sanitation budget.