Fannin Board of Commissioners Declines to Vote on Waste Disposal Contract

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Fannin Board of Commissioners Declines to Vote on Waste Disposal Contract

During a regular Commission meeting held last Wednesday (July 9), much discussion was made about a potential waste management contract with Advanced Disposal Services- much of it contentious.
A vote was not held.
During the meeting, the waste company put forth a three year contract to provide services for the county. This includes an additional year beyond the county’s legal two- year obligation to purchase services.

A 2009 Consent Decree, signed by Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver, favoring Advanced Disposal as the plaintiff in the case, remains in effect for two years.

Post Commissioner Earl Johnson publically expressed his preference that the county initiate a bid process after the expiration of the two years, rather than give the waste company an extra year upfront.

Johnson also contended that the minutes of the last commission meeting (during which the proposed contract was discussed) were inadequate.

Johnson took further issue with the company’s vendor conduct. At issue is an incident in which the disposal company hand-delivered documents to a commission member but failed to deliver such documents to him.

Several participants in the discussion made comment that the disposal company’s cost to the county exceeded that of surrounding counties (a contention that, as of publication time, could not be verified by FYN).

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