I recently had a discussion with one of my county commissioners about the proposed $140 million, no-bid seven-year extension of the county solid waste (garbage) contract with contractors who still have three years on the current contract.
She told me that county staff and a previously used "consultant" on garbage vendor issues had told them that if they were to do an open bid that the price would be higher.
They were also informed that there was a concern the winner could not provide the same level of service the commissioners feel we are getting now.
She asked me to come to their meeting, but I can't since it is during working hours. This is my open letter to the Board of County Commissioners:
I am confused and need your help.
If the current contract holders are willing to continue at the same price and were to know that this time they would have competing bidders, why would they bid higher?
At a local public institution of higher education that I am a board of trustees member we switched from the previous no-bid contracting process to competitive bidding and saved 25 percent (!) off the existing no-bid price on the very first contract.
Another county saved 10 percent off its garbage contact by going to competitive bidding. Why do you believe that you also won't save money?
Couldn't you have three clauses in your contract specifying service levels? The first clause to state objective, measurable goals. The second could specify a remediation process if the goals were not met. The third clause, the Donald Trump clause, could specify the result if remediation was unsuccessful. "You're fired!"
Thank you in advance.
Craig Trigueiro, M.D.