Alba council votes to change garbage service contractor

By Phil Major
publisher@wood.cm
Posted 7/15/21

After years of frustration with its current contractor, the Alba City Council chose a new garbage service Tuesday, July 6.

Ameri-Tex Services of Whitehouse will take over the service …

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Alba council votes to change garbage service contractor

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After years of frustration with its current contractor, the Alba City Council chose a new garbage service Tuesday, July 6.

Ameri-Tex Services of Whitehouse will take over the service immediately.

The five-year contract of Sanitation Solutions expired June 30.

The vote to hire Ameri-Tex was 4-1, with Robert Kraemer opposing. He questioned why the council voted for the highest price for the more than 200 residential customers.

The Ameri-Tex representative noted that when the city asked the bidders for better prices, Ameri-Tex declined to adjust its prices due to higher costs.

He noted that polycarts, which the company buys by the hundreds, had risen from $42 to $58 apiece, and the cost of steel, used to build trash receptacles, has tripled.

He also noted that while a price increase based on the Consumer Price Index is built into the contract annually, Ameri-Tex would come to the council and explain the reasons for a price increase, with the council having the option to accept it.

Councilman Larry Jones, who made the motion to hire Ameri-Tex, noted that it was difficult to compare the bids, as each had certain areas where the prices were favorable.

The Ameri-Tex price for residential trash service was $11.50 compared to $10.50 for Sanitation Solutions and Gaston.

The council also agreed for the city to chip in on the price of a new promotional sign for the Alba Economic Development Corp. on Hwy. 69.

The “brain” for the old sign has gone out, and a replacement would be $28,000 for a color sign.

The council had asked for the price of a complete new sign, which was $35,855. The city agreed to pay the difference – $7,000 – to get a complete new sign, and it will include training for the staff.

The sign will take 90 days to procure, allowing the city and EDC to split the cost in two budget years.