Commissioners ‘painted into corner’ on solid waste

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 09:51 AM.

To bid or not to bid – that was the question before Port St. Joe city commissioners last week.

With still another offer on the table regarding the cost of garbage service, commissioners were divided whether to move forward or if they even could move forward.

With the city attorney recommending a new path while two commissioners believed they’d reach the end of the road, commissioners again delayed, for the third meeting in a row, a decision on their solid waste contract.

The trail on which commissioners now travel was not even one of their making.

Rewind to spring and the Board of County Commissioners, continuing a discussion of more than a year, went out for bids on a solid waste contractor.

County officials asked the city to join the process – as prelude to a move to mandatory countywide garbage pickup.

Bids were submitted by Waste Pro, Port St. Joe’s current hauler, and Waste Management based on a city/county contract and city-only collection.

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