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Aldermen recommend $83k contract for cleaning service at Geneva buildings

Cleaning company's good work nets another contract in Geneva

GENEVA – Aldermen recommended approval March 12 of a two-year contract of nearly $83,300 for the interior cleaning services at the Committee of the Whole.

The contract went to City Wide Building Maintenance Inc. of Itasca for cleaning services at City Hall, the police department, finance department, public works and TriCom Central Dispatch.

City Wide Building Maintenance currently has a cleaning contract with the city that started three years ago, officials said.

Staff in all the city’s facilities mutually agreed to retain the company’s services through fiscal years 2019 and 2020, officials said.

While the city has historically accepted the lowest bid for facility cleaning, the policy resulted in forced termination of previous contracts due to subpar performance, officials said.

City Wide Maintenance was the sixth-highest out of eight bidders for the work previously. It was second highest out of five bidders for the current contract, but officials decided the city should accept the company’s contract, with the possibility of extending it another two years, officials said.

“Over the three-year term on their present contract, the employees of City Wide have proven to provide a consistent quality of service across all locations and its managers have been very responsive in addressing any issues that may have been brought forward by staff,” according to a recommendation from Building Commissioner Eric Nelson to aldermen.

Aldermen voted 9-0 with 2nd Ward Alderman Donald Cummings absent.

The City Council is expected to take final action on the contract on March 19.

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