Advisory Committee Recommends New Garbage Service Provider
City Council pulled double duty Tuesday night holding a work session that was followed by a regular council meeting. The work session was a discussion on the recommendations of the solid waste advisory committee’s recommendation for garbage services. Murphy’s current contract expires at the end of April.
A comprehensive presentation by Karen L. Montgomery, Finance Director on the process of selecting our new solid waste and recycling services was given in the 45 minute work session. The City’s current solid waste contract ends on April 30, 2018. The City Manager’s appointed selection committee, with assistance from NewGen Strategies & Solutions, evaluated the proposals extensively, checked references, obtained citizen input, interviewed the top two scoring proposers, and made a final recommendation. NewGen has worked with the city on previous water related consultations.
The selection committee’s recommendation was that Republic Services, the highest scoring company overall, be selected to provide solid waste and recycling services effective May 1, 2018. The contract term would be for seven years, with two renewal options of two years each. Republic Services, which scored 93% out of a possible 100%, was described by Montgomery as “not the lowest cost, the 2nd lowest, and they bring so much more to the table.” Republic will continue a commitment to Keep Murphy Beautiful, the popular art contest for kids. Republic stated it would display winning art at its new “state of the art” recycling facility, but council did push for a continuation of the art to be displayed on the trucks as currently occurs. Republic’s mobile app for customer service interactions, a strict policy relating to cleanliness, differing method for loading the trash into trucks, and a glowing reference from Rockwall’s mayor were cited highlights.
All of the proposals resulted in an increase in costs, even when service reductions were considered, but rejected, as not significant against the benefits of current levels. There has been no cost increase for the 5 year period ending though an option tied to the Consumer Price Index did exist. The selection committee did recommend eliminating the twice per year curbside household hazardous/electronic waste collection, but continuing to offer the twice a year drop-off events. The city is currently charged $10.55 per month and adds 25.6% per month to cover administrative costs and franchise fees for a total monthly bill of $13.25. Adding the 25.6% to the Republic residential rate of $13.49 would result in a total residential monthly bill of $16.94, an increase of $3.69 per month.
City Council will make the final decision on February 20, 2018.