In what can be described as either an abdication of fiscal sanity or an illegal activity, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ)’s Solid Waste Committee voted tonight to award to the HIGHEST bidder a contract to haul waste from the parish landfill collection station to the Union Parish Landfill. The contract will be negotiated with Jackie White, Inc., who has held the contract since 1993. White’s proposal was an estimated $1.488 million/year compared to Waste Connections, Inc. (WCI)’s price of $1.194 million.
See here a spreadsheet of the proposals.
District Three’s Bobby Bennett made an impassioned plea to not ignore the huge difference in costs between the high and low bids.
“That’s a lot of bread,” said Bennett. “It’s a sad day in Lincoln Parish when you turn down $300 thousand” in savings, he added.
Bennett moved to award the bid to WCI, but the motion died for lack of a second.
Voting for the motion were Franklin, Hammond, Roy Glover and Hazel Hunter. Voting no were Bennett and Theresa Wyatt.
The second part of the agenda item to decide on the landfill location between Monroe and Farmerville resulted in a 4-1-1 vote to use the Farmerville location. Voting yes were Franklin, Hammond, Hunter and Wyatt. Voting no was Bennett and abstaining was Glover.
The full jury voted to accept the committee’s two recommendations on 8-4 and 10-2 votes respectively.
We will have additional reporting on the rest of the meeting tomorrow.