PRINCETON—Princeton Common Council members Monday fielded questions regarding future privatization of trash collection services, a decision approved earlier this month.
Resident Joey Boxell asked whether the contract for the services had been finalized, and if the company bid chosen was the only one with a fuel surcharge added to the bid.
“The contract has been circulated but it has not been signed yet, but will be finalized in a week," answered City Attorney Jason Spindler. "I drafted it and it's the same one they have for Warrick County."
Earlier this month Renewable Resources was awarded the contract by Princeton's Board of Works and Public Safety.
“I believe Advanced Disposal was at a fixed rate and Republic Services had a 3.5 percent maximum," added councilwoman Sheri Greene.
Spindler said the current contract includes an annual adjustment per year, is subject to one adjustment per year, which will be passed on to the consumer.
“For year two, three, four and all subsequent years, if there is an increase that puts us over the amount of the lowest bid, which was $9.95 per unit per month, it is subject to the common council appropriating the funds,” Spindler said.
“If there is a 50 percent increase, they pass on 22 cents per consumer.”
Estimated start date for the service is Aug. 1
In other business, councilman Jim Maglis asked if there are plans to place the four-way stop sign mandated by ordinance last month at the crossing of Second Street and Glendale, in addition to the once placed at Fourth ad Glendale.
Police Chief Derek McGraw said he believed the street department just ran out of signs, and the intersection will get signs soon.
During discussion of May claims for payment, Councilman Greg Wright asked why fill sand used in the city was outsourced to an out-of-county company.
“It’s a price difference,” Building Commissioner Clint Smith replied. “(Rex Alton of Knox County) can deliver it cheaper than it would cost us to go pick it up.”
Wright asked if in the future work could be procured in the county.
“In my opinion, we should keep quotes as local as possible," he said.
“I can vouch for our department heads and say they try and keep thing as local as possible,” added Mayor Brad Schmitt. “But we also have to be conscientious of the taxpayer."
Wright also asked about a $700 vanilla deodorant purchase to mask odors at the sewer plant.
“It helps...” noted Greene. “Apparently you can get a whiff of the vanilla instead of the other smell out there.”
“The smell has been down out there due to things they are working on and the recent weather,” said Schmitt. “We are bringing others in to help ascertain what we can do, because it becomes an issue from time to time—and it will come up again because it is what it is.”
Wright also wondered why there was a tree trimming service working in front of Bicentennial park when the work is usually done in-house.
Neither Parks Superintendent Waylon Schenk, Clint Smith, or anyone else present at the meeting had an idea who or why the company was there.
"We don’t have any maintenance contracts out for that,” Smith said.
He said he would look into the issue.
Funding to repair Dike lift station at the wastewater treatment plant was tabled due to the fact that an engineer had not been procured for the project.
Before adjourning, the council agreed to cancel the July 3 council meeting.
“There are too many folks on council that have conflicts,” said president Jan Ballard.
The next meeting is scheduled July 17 at 6 p.m. in the Princeton Municipal Building.