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County Commission awards solid waste bid

After several months of discussion, the Pike County Commission awarded a new solid waste contract Monday evening.

Pike County Commissioners accepted a bid from Arrow Disposal for a monthly fee of $20.50 per customer. The county’s three-year contract with Advanced Disposal ends March 31.

County Administrator Harry Sanders said the county had decided to go with Arrow Disposal after reviewing bids from Advanced, Arrow and Mark Dunning Industries Inc. MDI placed a bid of $23.50 per customer and Advanced had placed a bid of $19.50. While Advanced was the apparent low bidder, Sanders said the company had not planned to collect fees and required a 3,500-customer minimum.

“The county would be responsible for paying out the money,” Sanders said. “We would be subsidizing that case.”

District 4 Commissioner Ray Goodson voted against awarding the solid waste contract and said because of the amount of people in his district, he was unsure if some of his more elderly constituents would be able sign up yearly for SSI exemptions or Supplemental Security Income.

Commission Chairman Homer Wright said he was thankful for all the participants in the process to awarding a new solid waste contract.

“We certainly appreciate all the solid waste participants with their bids and for taking the time out of their day to explain what we were looking for and giving us the heads up for what they expect,” Wright said. “We hope we have successful year with our new solid waste contract.”

In other items of business the commission:

• Approved the minutes from the Jan. 26 meeting.

• Approved Social Security exemptions.

• Approved the claims presented.

• Approved Probate Judge Wes Allen’s personnel request to fill the position of court assistant one.

• Approved the signing of the Childhood Cancer Awareness Week Proclamation. Childhood Cancer Awareness Week will be Feb. 22 through Feb. 28.

• Approved the 2015-2016 mileage rates.