A Jerome waste services company is asking the City of Payette to put the service for Payette customers out for bid.
Joe Wrenfrow, sales manager for Western Waste Services, told the Payette City Council last week the 22-year-old Magic Valley firm currently “services six city municipals and that market, plus various thousands of customers around the valley there. We have the resources, we have the equipment to serve you guys, and we want the opportunity to bring our services to you guys — let a local company come in.”
Garbage collection in Payette has long been the domain of Hardin Sanitation Service, which began business as a family-owned company in 1955 and in 2013 was acquired by nationwide operator Waste Connections, which is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.
According to Payette City Clerk Mary Cordova, Hardin provides its services in Payette under a franchise agreement with the city. The current agreement, a 15-year pact which expires in October, succeeded an earlier 15-year agreement. Cordova says a City Hall record shows the parties originally entered into an agreement on May 2, 1988.
Wrenfrow and other Western Waste Services officials who came to the Feb. 4 City Council meeting were aware that the agreement with Hardin was coming up for renewal.
Wrenfrow urged the council to make a decision soon on whether to allow competition for the next contract.
“Time is of the essence, to be honest,” Wrenfrow said. “If this is something you guys want to do, for us to be able to get the equipment, get implemented, get all of our stuff by the start of — your contract’s up on October fourteenth — in order to do that, we would need this to, basically, bids come out March,” and win the bid award “by May first, so we’d have five months. That’s about our lead time to get the carts, the dumpsters, a piece of property, all that arranged so we could get in here and get a place by October.”
Although the waste disposal discussion was listed as a piece of business on the council’s Feb. 4 meeting agenda, it was not designated as an “action item,” leaving the council powerless to vote on it that night. Near the end of the discussion, when Wrenfrow asked Mayor Jeff Williams if it was likely that the item would be listed for possible action in the near future, Williams’ response was noncommittal.
“We will discuss that at a future meeting, is what we’ll do,” the mayor said.
Earlier, Wrenfrow talked about Western Waste Services’ company culture of community involvement, emphasizing that the firm supports local schools through advertising at sports venues and through a scholarship program. Wrenfrow also mentioned that he grew up in Payette and graduated from Payette High School.