GENEVA – The Geneva City Council accepted the proposal from Lakeshore Recycling Systems of Morton Grove to handle solid waste services at the May 21 meeting.
The vote passed 6-2, with 1st Ward Alderman Mike Bruno, 2nd Ward Alderman Donald Cummings, 3rd Ward Alderman Becky Hruby, 5th Ward aldermen Craig Maladra and Robert Swanson and 4th Ward Alderman Jim Radecki voting in favor of switching to Lakeshore Recycling Systems.
Voting against the move were 1st Ward Alderman Tara Burghart and 4th Ward Alderman Jeanne McGowan. Aldermen absent from the meeting included 2nd Ward Alderman Richard Marks and 3rd Ward Alderman Dean Kilburg.
Geneva’s current solid waste services contract with Advanced Disposal expires June 30. For comparison, the current cost from Advanced for a refuse sticker is $3.40, with a 20-gallon prepaid refuse bag costing $2.21. The proposed cost from Lakeshore is $2.60 for a refuse sticker and $2 for the 20-gallon prepaid refuse bag. Advanced’s proposed price was $3.10 for a refuse sticker and $2.05 for the 20-gallon prepaid refuse bag. The new contract will last from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2023.
It was noted at the meeting that Advanced Disposal sent a letter to city staff dated May 17 with a lower bid after the bidding process was over. Advanced Disposal placed lower rates at $2.95 for a refuse sticker; $2 for a 20-gallon prepaid refuse bag, according to the letter.
McGowan inquired whether the lower rates in the letter could be used instead.
City attorney Ron Sandack said that the council could not consider the new, lower bid, explaining the amended bid could not be voted on as it would be outside state law.
“You can’t accept [the bid as proposed in the letter] without tainting the entire process,” Sandack said.
McGowan and Burghart spoke of the value of the relationship and how members of the community have reached out to them voicing their support for Advanced Disposal.
Burghart prefaced her comments by saying, “Garbage is emotional.” She then mentioned she figured out the cost savings for her family under the new plan would amount to $60 a year.
“I’m willing to pay that $60 a year for Advanced Disposal,” Burghart said. She then spoke about the convenience Advanced Disposal offers, adding that when she’s missed putting out the bin, they will come back and pick it up. “… For me it’s relationships. It’s quality. It’s consistency. It’s reliability. It’s being active in the community."
Maladra said he has no issues with Advanced and brought up that not too long ago, five years ago, the city switched from a reliable contractor to Advanced when it went with the better bid.
"We have proposals from two qualified firms and one is better than the other," Maladra said.
Bruno added that other communities have given Lakeshore glowing reviews.