What Cabot residents pay for trash collection soon will rise by more than $2.
Members of Cabot City Council adopted Monday the recommendation of the Public Works Committee that the city trash service contract be awarded to IESI Inc. at $17.90 per household, up from the $15.50 that has been charged.
Mayor Bill Cypert said that he believes that in terms of service, the IESI bid is the most advantageous for the city.
Other matters heard at the June 18 meeting included a resolution accepting a bid for construction of a right-turn lane to Panther Trail.
Cypert and Aldermen Ed Long, Ann Gilliam, Rick Prentice, Ryan Flynn, Kevin Davis and Patrick Hutton attended the meeting. Aldermen Angie Hoschouer and Jon Moore were absent.
Before other business was considered, Cypert announced the establishment of the Cabot Hero award.
“We are going to award the very first one tonight,” he said.
The award was given to Sonia and David Stratton for their quick action saving the life of 7-year-old Braden Waters after he, while crossing North Second Street at the Olive Street intersection, was struck by a truck.
The accident occurred April 8, Easter Sunday.
In remarks after the meeting, Sonia Statton and Braden’s mother, Amy Waters, agreed it was a terrible day, and it was great day.
“Bad that [the accident] happened, good that [Sonia] was there,” Amy Waters said.
Both Sonia and Jake Stratton are respiratory therapists. She also is a CPR instructor and administered CPR to Braden who had stopped breathing.
Stratton demurred at taking credit.
“I just did what anybody who knows CPR would have done,” she said.
Waters said Braden does not remember being struck, but he knows what happened to him.
“[Braden] says, ‘Now I have something in common with Jesus, I came back on Easter, too,’” she said.
Jake Waters said Braden spent six days in the hospital with a broken jaw, broken collarbone and some internal hemorrhaging.
“There was some bleeding on the brain, and his lungs, but there was no surgeries needed. Everything healed on its own,” he said.
“God put [the Strattons] there. It was a little too perfect for happenstance,” Waters said. Reports that Braden had dashed out into traffic were not correct, he said.
“[Braden] was in the crosswalk where he was supposed to be, he was crossing with us,” Waters said.
The council approved without discussion the awarding of the city contract for household trash pickup to IESI Inc.
Although IESI bid $17.90 per house, the other bids were BFI at $20.70 and WCA at $21.30.
Details of the contract were discussed during a special June 12 meeting of the Public Works Committee.
At the meeting, Cypert assured aldermen that the contract bidding had been done in an open manner and said that the contract with IESI was considered the best in the interest of the city.
“The contract we came up with is very explicit … It eliminates a major flaw of previous contracts,” Cypert said. That flaw was how much yard waste would be picked up, he said.
“It was impossible to measure, it was impossible to enforce it, and it was in constant contention,” Cypert said.
Key to the agreement is IESI’s consent to purchase newer trucks with weight-distribution capability to better spread the wheel load, Cypert said.
There has been a constant problem with older-model trucks breaking up streets, especially in cul-de-sacs.
“There’s been a lot of complaints about that,” he said.
IESI has agreed to purchase new equipment with three load-bearing axles that will reduce damage to the streets, Cypert said.
Although the possibility of automated pickup was considered, it was decided not to pursue that option for the time being, Cypert said.
With the agreement by IESI to purchase new trucks, the company has asked for the council to approve the contract at the June 18 meeting, Cypert said.
IESI representative Mickey Stumbaugh explained that the company needed assurance of the contract before making such a sizable investment in equipment.
“We are about to put out up to a $1.4 million expenditure on this contract,” he said. “Not that we don’t trust you. But we can’t spend $1.4 million without that assurance.”
With the service to begin Aug. 1, the company needed to have enough time to obtain the trucks, Stumbaugh said.
Also, the company is assuming some risk, he said. The investment in trucks is based on a five-year contract; the contract to be approved is for three years with two one-year rollovers.
“But you know we have been here before,” Stumbaugh said of a previous contract.
Waste Management assumed the trash pickup with a lower bid then.
“We may have had a hiccup or two, but never, ever, ever as severe as seen of late…” he said. “Should there be complaints, I will guarantee that we will have them corrected within 60 minutes of the time the complaint is received.”
The IESI service would run Monday through Friday, taking off only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day, Stumbaugh said.
“The only thing I caution you is, please, don’t park your car too close to the trash. We are liable to [collect] that too,” he said.
Also approved Monday is the award of a contract to Redstone Construction for the construction of a right-turn lane at Panther Trail, the road leading to Junior High South and Middle School South.
The bids were: Redstone — $34,155; Gene Summers Construction — $35,707; and Burkhalter Tech., Inc. — $57,114.
In other business, the council heard a first reading of the new city employee handbook and made two appointments to the Cabot Water and Wastewater Commission.
Wayne Cullins was reappointed to his seat on the Water and Wastewater Commission. His term will end in June 2020.
James Burk was appointed to the Water and Wastewater Commission to complete the term of Cary Hobbs. The term will end June 2015.