Retain great trash service

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I’ve lived here in Summerville for more than three decades, and I was pleased when our less-than-stellar garbage pick-up service was replaced about 10 years ago with the competent one we have now.

Recently, we learned that this outfit is being underbid for this contract by two other outfits that both have a documented record of poor service and accountability, and this is cause for concern here.

Who decides which outfit is selected to serve as our garbage pick-up contractor? Are they going to make this decision based on performance, or are they just going to pick the one that comes along and underbids the current contract? Well, we’ve seen it all before.

As a customer and resident, the cost to me is the same. The difference is the level of service. The folks we have now do a fine job of it, and I’d hate to see things return to “the bad old days” around here. Those folks in their white trucks also serve nearby Harrisburg and National Hills, and I’m sure folks there will have a similar song to sing for you about them as I do. They are above and beyond.

We remember how things used to be in Harrisburg. Stuff sat at curbs, and its alleys were choked with trash and yard debris. Not anymore they aren’t. Here in Summerville, as long as things are in compliance with a few rules, it’s off of my curb and away. Who could ask for more than that ?

So, yes., some outfit coming along and underbidding the current fixer to scoop its domain would be a shame – now that we’ve finally got an outfit that is a performer.

I hope whoever makes this decision will take all of this into consideration.

Randy Potter


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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 11/12/11 - 12:20 pm
I'm assuming that Mr. Potter

I'm assuming that Mr. Potter has an inside track, because I've heard nothing of putting the trash hauling service out for bid, much less that the bids have been opened and published.

Nevertheless I must say that our city owes it to the taxpayers to periodically put services out for bid to seek out the lowest cost for the specified service. They have a duty to pick the lowest bidder who pledges to meet the specifications. If the one they select does not live up to the contract, then they can re-bid the service and ban the offending company from bidding.

One great way to save money would be to change the specification to once-a-week garbage pickup. This twice-a-week service we have now is a luxury we don't need. It costs more than necessary, it spews more greenhouse gases than we need, and it puts more wear and tear on our roads.

studmuffin1533 11/12/11 - 04:21 pm
Is the group hauling now the

Is the group hauling now the one that was caught a few years back putting the recycling into the landfill and some of the county commissioners stepped in and forced the sheriff's department to discontinue the investigation?

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