Valpo extends contract with trash hauler
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent March 28, 2013 12:20PM
Updated: May 1, 2013 2:22PM
VALPARAISO — The city will retain its current trash hauler for about $3 more a month but will also get 100 percent of any profits from the city’s recycling.
Public Works Director Matt Evans said this wouldn’t affect the current $12 a month fee residents pay.
Until details of the three-year contract are worked out and come before the Board of Works and Safety, the board members on Thursday approved extending the trash hauling contract with Homewood Disposal until June 30.
The city asked for bids to look for lower prices, but Homewood disposal gave the lowest costs. Waste Management and Republic Services also bid on the contract.
Evans said the overall cost would be less because Homewood Disposal’s transfer station is in the city’s “backyard,” near the Porter County Jail on Indiana 49.
When looking at Waste Management’s transfer facility in Gary and Republic’s facility in Chesterton, Evans factored in the cost of gasoline and the paid hours the workers would have driving trash there, an estimated $30 an hour.
“It just does not make financial sense,” he said.
The city now pays $39.04 a ton for trash hauling, and rates will go up to $43 a ton with fuel surcharges.
Waste Management bid $43.96 a ton, and Republic bid $49.50.
Evans said under the current contract, Valparaiso gets 50 percent of the recycling profits after processing costs, which has been a negative number lately.
He doesn’t expect much money in the near future because recycling is a rapidly changing market and “the market is very flat,” he said.
Also at the meeting, the Board of Works accepted six bids for the Burlington Beach Road culvert construction.
All the bids came in over the $235,000 estimate but under the $300,000 budget with Gariup Construction of Gary giving the low bid at $$246,600.
The board approved letting City Engineer Tim Burkman award the contract to the lowest and most responsive bidder before the April 11 meeting so the work can begin quickly.
The city wants to finish any work that would block Burlington Beach before construction begins on the roundabout at Calumet Avenue and Roosevelt and Vale Park roads.
Burlington Beach would then be able to handle truck traffic as a detour for the second project.