After months of trash talking, the Delray Beach City Commission will discuss whether to renew its garbage services contract at its regular meeting Tuesday.[cleeng_content id=”783113904″ description=”Why stop now? It’s just getting interesting!” price=”0.99″ referral=”0.10″]City officials were considering a plan to renew the contract without bids earlier this year after Waste Management made an offer to the city that includes 125 solar-powered trash compactors, a value of $750,000, and service at 23 bus shelters, a $500,000 value, in exchange for a 10-year renewal.
The move to renew without a bid prompted county Inspector General Sheryl Steckler to issue a report suggesting the city seek competitive bids for trash hauling, instead of again renewing its $4 million-a-year deal with Waste Management Inc.
Steckler said that another renewal goes against state policy and may violate city guidelines that call for seeking better deals through competition. She added that Delray Beach residents may be paying less for trash service if the city had sought competitive bids rather than regularly renewing its garbage-collection contract with Waste Management.