April 17, 2003

Council Votes To Stick With Waste Corporation For City Trash Service

Three separate companies converged on the Memphis City Council meeting April 10 with the hopes of earning the right to take out the trash.

Waste Corporation, Salt River Refuse and Superior all submitted bids for consideration for the city's trash collection contract.

Waste Corporation bid $8 as the residential rate with a $1 senior citizen discount and a $10 commercial rate. Salt River had a bid of $8.75 for residential, $7.75 for seniors and $14 for commercial.

Superior placed a tiered bid for the three-year contract period. The residential rate was $7.65 in year one, $7.88 the second year and $8.12 the final year. The senior rates were $6.85, $7 and $7.10 over the three years. The commercial rate was set at $13.50 for the length of the contract.

The three companies also submitted a variety of bids on a number of special container sizes. Superior and Salt River had the lower prices on the dumpster rates with Superior having the best rate for the larger six-yard containers. Waste Corporation prices ranged from $36 for a 1.5 yard container to $244 for the biggest dumpster a six yard by four yard container. Salt River prices ranged from $32 to $230 while Superior offered prices between $21 and $150 for the same pieces.

Each of the three bidding companies had a representative present for the bid presentations. The Superior rep indicated his company offers unvaried equipment and trucks as well as uniformed workers. The service would be provided two days a week for residential and five days a week for commercial.

Salt River Refuse had the highest bid of the three providers but the company representative asked the council to table the issue to allow the city an opportunity to check the references provided with the bid. "I'd ask the council to wait a month and use the time to check with these other towns," he said. "I believe they're going to tell you we do a pretty good job. You may find that 17 cents a week is well worth it."

Bill Kiddoo spoke on behalf of Waste Corporation, the current city trash collection provider. He noted the company's track record and pointed out the fact that many of the employees live in the community. Waste Corporation also is active in the community supporting numerous causes with financial donations.

Alderman Mike Stone excused himself from the discussion as a former employee of Waste Corporation.

After reviewing the three bids Alderman Ron Gardner made the motion to remain with the current service provider, Waste Corporation.

"I have not received any citizen complaints on their service and as a matter of fact have heard several compliments," Gardner stated. "Why would you want to change? The bid numbers are all pretty close. Maybe we would want to consider a change if the bids were significantly lower. But right now we need to consider this as an employment issue as well as there are not a whole lot of companies lining up to come to Memphis and offer jobs."

The council quickly moved following the motion to renew the city's trash collection contract with Waste Corporation by a 3-0 vote.


The council reviewed three items that were advertised for bid. No bids were received for the sale of the excess police car. A bid of $20 was received and accepted for the sale of an old photo copier from the police department.

C & C Contracting was awarded the bid for work on the roof of the water plant. The job will include cleaning and removing old roof surfaces, installation of insulation board, and installation of a new rubberized roof surface with a 15-year guarantee. The job price will be $9,156.

Street Closings

Two citizens were present to discuss street issues with the city council.

The first issue was a request to have the east end of Turner Street officially closed. The west end had been closed several years ago and the property owner on the east end was requesting her side of the street be officially closed to so she could reclaim the ground for upkeep purposes.

The council reviewed the area and determined there was no utility access required and noted the move would not land lock any adjoining property owners. After discussing the issue the council asked the property owner to return with written permission from the adjoining landowners so the issue could be considered at the May meeting.

Another property owner requested the city perform some maintenance work on an "alley" behind his property. City policy is that alley maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner.

After discussing the issue the particular "alley" in question between Adams and Johnson streets was determined to be a street, which had never been developed by the city.

The council agreed that the city would haul the rock and install it if the property owner would purchase the materials.

Liquor License

The council voted 4-0 to approve a liquor license for the Pamida store in Memphis.

Department Reports

Superintendent Mike Ahland reported meeting with a representative from MoPEP. He indicated the city likely will be increasing its power generation services even further this summer after a rather busy winter.

Marshall Steve Snodgrass provided the March numbers for the Memphis Police Department. Officers made 55 traffic stops, investigated four accidents and made one DWI arrest. The department investigated one peace disturbance, assisted on four ambulance/hospital runs worked 17 animal control calls and provided 20 community security checks.

The water department has completed the installation of the new supply line at the south fire station building. Superintendent Dennis Howard also announced the department will be selling a number of old riding lawn mowers that had previously been used for upkeep at the cemetery before a private service was hired.

Line crew superintendent Dave Kittle asked the council to approve ground work on the right-of-way for the power access to the city service. The city had spent $1,000 for Northeast Power to maintain the area and had spent a similar amount itself the following year to try to bring the area under control with chemicals. Kittle said a bulldozer could make the area much more manageable, allowing the city to maintain the area or hire it done at a competitive rate. The council voted 4-0 to seek bids for the project.

Street Superintendent Roy Monroe reported the parks as well as the campgrounds at the lake are open. The crews installed siding on the front of city hall and planted trees in addition to doing a controlled burn at Lake Show-Me. Monroe discussed the possibility of installing a containment around the city's oil tank. The issue will be followed up at the next meeting.

Alderman Reports

Alderman Stone reminded citizens to call his phone line at 465-2216 to voice their thoughts. Stone is working with the little league organization and stated he would work as a go between to make sure the parks are kept up over the summer.

Alderman Gardner stated he received a complaint regarding vehicle noise on Highway 15 on the hill near the Highway 136 intersection.

Alderman Teresa Skinner thanked the city crews for putting up the U.S. flags around the square.

Mayor's Report

Mayor Ron Alexander reported the city had finally received the signed paperwork back from the state for the city's grant for a new swimming pool. The grant will provide $170,000 toward the project that Alexander estimated would cost between $360,000 and $400,000. He also reported that a $5,000 grant had been approved by the solid waste management district to provide park benches and tables to be built out of recycled materials.

Alexander encouraged the council members to attend the annual meeting of the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission to be held in Memphis at the RPC office on April 23.

Due to a scheduling conflict Alexander asked that the June city council meeting be rescheduled for Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. The motion was approved by a 4-0 vote.

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