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go with the low­est bid­der, there is still the op­por­tu­nity for the county to re­main in con­tract with Golden Tri­an­gle Waste Ser­vices.

Pres­i­dent of the Ok­tibbeha County Board of Su­per­vi­sors Or­lando Trainer said one of the as­pects of the mo­tion was pos­si­bly ter­mi­nat­ing its cur­rent con­tract with GTWS, which would be ef­fec­tive on Sept. 30.

The board can then en­ter into a new con­tract on Oct.1 with the low­est bid­der, which is ASDI.

"All of this stuff can be null and void, can be ad­justed, can be amended," Trainer said. "I think right now, the board made a strong com­mit­ment that we're look­ing at go­ing in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion."

Although the su­per­vi­sors are look­ing to move into a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion, Trainer said they are hav­ing the board at­tor­ney Rob Rober­son see if they can en­ter into a con­tract past its term.

Rober­son will also be look­ing at what the county could po­ten­tially face when ter­mi­nat­ing a con­tract with a com­pany they par­tially own.

"How­ever, we're still want­ing to do some due dili­gence to un­der­stand ex­actly all the ram­i­fi­ca­tions be­hind the ac­tual tran­si­tion," Trainer said.

Trainer said he hopes GTWS is se­ri­ous about ac­com­mo­dat­ing the su­per­vi­sors. He said as far as he could see, it gives the ap­pear­ance GTWS can sur­vive with or with­out us.

"With that kind of ap­proach, that doesn't give us a whole lot of lever­age or flex­i­bil­ity to in­sist that we get a cer­tain level of ser­vice," Trainer said.

Trainer said with the county's par­tial own­er­ship of GTWS, they do not re­ceive di­rect rev­enue, but they do re­ceive in­di­rect rev­enue through cost ef­fi­cient ser­vices.

Trainer said with ad­min­is­tra­tive is­sues, if GTWS could “rec­tify” those is­sues it could be a “deal saver.”

Dis­trict 3 Su­per­vi­sor Marvell Howard said when is­sues were brought to light, the board switched its mem­bers to bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate with GTWS. Dis­trict 1 Su­per­vi­sor John Mont­gomery ini­tially held the seat.

“I think this is where a lot of this came from, was com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” Howard said.

Howard said through those con­ver­sa­tions, they were each able to come to an agree­ment on the is­sue of cans be­ing picked up. He said there will be a des­ig­nated driver twice a month who will pick up cans in need of re­pair or re­place­ment.

He also voiced his con­cerns of the obli­ga­tion

of the county's con­tract with GTWS.

Howard said he is con­cerned with the su­per­vi­sors walk­ing away from some­thing it par­tially owns. He said his per­cep­tion is the su­per­vi­sors ad­dressed some is­sues to the fore­front and made some con­crete steps.

“We ac­tu­ally own a third of this com­pany that we are propos­ing to or not to stay with,” Howard said.

Mont­gomery said there is no need for fi­nan­cial ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity of back­ing out of the con­tract early, when they can wait for the con­tract to ex­pire.

He said cit­i­zens of the county have put up with “sub­stan­dard garbage pickup” for quite some time.

“It's not the carts, it's what's be­hind the carts, the ser­vice be­hind the cart,” Mont­gomery said.

Mont­gomery said the three com­pa­nies who have sub­mit­ted bids were great, and told the su­per­vi­sors about their ser­vices in and out.

“We've had time to think about it,” Mont­gomery said.

Mont­gomery said the county has the op­por­tu­nity to serve the cit­i­zens bet­ter with their de­ci­sion with an or­ga­ni­za­tion that can have bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“It's just not run very pro­fes­sion­ally in a lot of ways,” Mont­gomery said.“There is no ur­gency to meet that need in the Golden Tri­an­gle.”

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