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VINE GROVE — City Council members voted unanimously Monday night to award a three-year trash removal contract to Borders Disposal, the company that honored the city's previous contract.
Borders' bid will charge residential customers $14.25 monthly.
A representative with Waste Management noted that its submitted franchise fee would return nearly $30,000 more to the city annually than Borders' fee. However, the company's driver-plus-tipper bid would have cost the city's 1,600 customers nearly $50,000 more annually. Waste Management submitted a driver-only bid that cost $14.27, two cents higher than than Borders' bid, that would have given more money to the city with the franchise fee.
Council members expressed concerns about how speedily a driver-only unit could empty trash cans compared to a driver-tipper team. A representative with Borders said Vine Grove is the only community the company serves and said its 18 employees were concerned about the company's future if it did not secure the contract.
Borders' winning bid included a 5 percent franchise fee, compared to Waste Management's 8.5 percent proposal. The contract begins next month.