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Geneva aldermen approve brush, leaf pickup contract with Kramer

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:29 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:33 p.m. CDT

GENEVA –  Aldermen approved a no-bid, five-year, $1.9 million contract for brush and leaf collection to Kramer Tree Specialists Inc. of West Chicago in an 8-2 vote Monday.

Public Works Superintendent Daniel Dinges said when the work was bid out in the past, the only company bidding was Kramer.

Second Ward Alderman Don Cummings and 4th Ward Alderman Ron Singer voted against the contract – as they did last week in committee. 

Cummings said he voted against it because of its size and lack of being bid.

“There is most likely no competition out there versus Kramer, to get a contract,” Cummings said. “And I know that may be looked at as an exercise in futility, but I may not rightly vote  for a contract for almost $1.9 million without encouraging that contract to go out to bid.”

Singer said his vote against the contract was not because of a lack of faith in Kramer’s work but because he is opposed to five-year contracts.

First Ward Alderman Charles Brown, who had voted against it in committee, changed his vote.

The brush contract will expire in 2015 and the leaf contract expires this year, officials said. Kramer has been picking up brush since 2007 and leaves since 2010. The contract reflects a 2 percent increase based on cost of fuel prices and insurance, Dinges said.

In order to keep the cost down for the city, the brush pickup was changed to once a month instead of two, he said. 

If residents want the second pickup and are willing to pay for it, however, he can reopen the contract and add another pickup.

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