The Commerce City Council no doubt feels like it got a good deal when it voted to extend Waste Management’s garbage contract for three years, but the manner in which the council acted is of concern.
The contract should have been bid. Waste Management’s contract with the city was about to expire, and at least one other company has expressed interest in bidding for the work. In an open government, such a contract is put out for bid, not just to spur competition to get the best price, but also to assure the public that no insider deals are being made.
When the government extends business on the basis of a relationship, which is what happened here, it can create the impression that the company and the city are in bed together, in this case that Waste Management got special treatment at the expense of other companies seeking that business.
Truthfully, Waste Management’s service has been good in Commerce, and the price it charges Commerce for residential garbage pickup is reportedly lower than its competitors charge other municipalities. It probably would have won the contract had there been open bidding.
Just the same, when the city’s contract expires with any vendor, the service should be put out for bid. It’s the only way citizens can be sure that the relationship between the city and the company is transparent and in the best interest of the taxpayers.
Your theory is flawed.
First the low bid system normally results in getting what you paid for, cheap ! Most cities are NOT required to take the lowest bid but the bid that serves the city the best. (Research that one Mark)
The solution is rather simple. The city should not be required to be in the garbage business in order to be a city. (Backwards law !)
The consumer would be better served by making it's own choice and thus the provider would have to work harder to get business then driving down the cost.
The only things municipal and county government SHOULD provide are Public Safety and Public Works (Roads and Bridges,Water/Sewer).
Everything else should be privatized and not involve government at all.
I have to agree with Mark on this. Even though Waste Management has provided good service, to the City of Commerce, there should be an open bid at the end of any contract with the City. The lowest bid with a stipulation in the contract as to the quality of service would have to be drawn up, but that is what we pay the city attorney for.
It's about saving the TAX Payers money and providing services, that improve or sustain a community and it's well being. It's what I am paying Property TAXES for.
this gives a bad impression as to what the city council might or might not be doing. Get my drift?