GARBAGE DEAL ON HOLD

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

South Glen­garry may have to tem­po­rar­ily ex­tend its garbage contract for the sec­ond time since last fall af­ter coun­cil re­jected a half-mil­lion-dol­lar, four-year ten­der last week.

“I don’t like the fact that we’re at the 21st of May and we’re ap­prov­ing a $500,000 contract that takes ef­fect in 10 or 11 days (June 1),” said Deputy-Mayor Lyle War­den. “It both­ers me. I just feel that this should have been dealt with last month or the month be­fore.”

Coun­cil­lor Stephanie Ja­worski was also leery of award­ing the contract. “It’s one of our big­ger spends.. so I’d be in favour of de­fer­ring,” she said.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­ceived two ten­ders by the clos­ing date of May 9, with a mere $1,000 sep­a­rat­ing the of­fers ten­dered by HGC Man­age­ment ($468,000 plus HST) and E360 En­vi­ron­men­tal Solutions ($467,000 plus HST). HGC is the cur­rent ser­vice provider.

Sep­a­rate pric­ing for weekly waste col­lec­tion on Hamil­ton’s Is­land – at costs of $5,844 and $4,000, re­spec­tively – were also in­cluded. How­ever, the cost for Hamil­ton’s Is­land ser­vice is charged to the Mo­hawk Coun­cil of Ak­we­sasne (MCA).

The ad­min­is­tra­tion rec­om­mended to award the contract, which would have com­menced on June 1, 2019 and ended May 31, 2023, to E360. Ewen MacDon­ald, the town­ship’s gen­eral man­ager of in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices, said the firm is rel­a­tively new, hav­ing only been es­tab­lished last Novem­ber. Nonethe­less, the com­pany comes with good rec­om­men­da­tions.

“They have a contract with the City of Corn­wall, and with the City of Kenora,” said Mr. MacDon­ald. “I spoke to both of those ju­ris­dic­tions and although they haven’t had a whole lot of ex­pe­ri­ence with E360, their ref­er­ences were quite good.”

He added that “it is also some­what com­fort­ing to know that their em­ploy­ees, and staff are for­merly from a pre­vi­ous con­trac­tor that had done work in South Glen­garry, so they know the routes.”

The Toronto-based com­pany has op­er­a­tions in Al­berta com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Cal­gary, Ed­mon­ton and Medicine Hat, and counts Hockey Hall of Famer Paul Cof­fey as its most prom­i­nent in­vest­ment part­ner.

De­spite these cre­den­tials, coun­cil opted to

de­fer the contract, in­struct­ing Mr. MacDon­ald to seek an an­other ex­ten­sion with HGC, or work out an in­terim agree­ment with E360.

“The old contract ex­pired in Novem­ber,” ex­plained Mr. MacDon­ald. “I had ex­tended it for six months and ad­vised coun­cil of that at that time be­cause of the elec­tion and mov­ing that for­ward. So we could see if they would pro­vide us with an­other ex­ten­sion for three to six months, to give us an op­por­tu­nity to re­ally re­view this, and then re-ten­der.”

Mr. MacDon­ald added that seek­ing a sim­i­larly-termed contract with E360 may also merit con­sid­er­a­tion. “We will have to look at the op­tions,” he said.

Bag lim­its

Mr. War­den would also like to see the garbage bag limit de­bate rekin­dled be­fore mak­ing the longterm ser­vice com­mit­ment. “I think that needs to take place. The new coun­cil needs to have a dis­cus­sion on that I feel that it’s time again,” he said. In 2015, Mr. MacDon­ald pointed out that a bag limit had been iden­ti­fied as a “pri­or­ity and fu­ture ini­tia­tive” in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s 2012 Waste Re­cy­cling Strat­egy.

He had called for the im­po­si­tion of a two-bag limit – typ­i­cal in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across the province – three months ear­lier, ex­plain­ing that the town­ship had “en­forced an un­writ­ten” eight-bag per house­hold limit for some time.

Coun­cil ul­ti­mately re­jected a pro­posed two-bag quota in Septem­ber 2016, and the sub­ject wasn’t broached again un­til the re­cent meet­ing.

When Mr. War­den stated last week that the is­sue should be brought be­fore coun­cil once again, Mr. MacDon­ald replied that he had come to coun­cil “a number of times about bag lim­its and there has been no ap­petite for them, what­so­ever.”

The deputy-mayor re­sponded that the new coun­cil mem­bers elected last fall hadn’t had their say on the mat­ter.

“Fair enough, but I didn’t see that there was any in­ter­est in that in the past,” re­it­er­ated Mr. MacDon­ald.

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