Augusta Commissioners call actions of garbage contractor 'wrong'
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -
Several Augusta Commissioners
criticized one of the contractors who collects garbage in Augusta during
Thursday's commission meeting.
District four Commissioner Alvin Mason
says Inland Service Corporation hired a local subcontractor to help win the bid
for the job; but once they got the deal they dropped the subcontractor.
"I would frown upon anyone
utilizing companies to gain procurement and then cutting them out at the very
end. That's just wrong on so many levels," Mason, said.
Mark Johnson oversees the trash
collection and he says the discussion belongs in court.
"I understand the commission's sentiment
on business practice. The question of legality is for a lawyer or a court,"
Marion Williams, the Commissioner for
district nine, believes the contractor would lose the case if it went before a
"They wrote the contract with him
in mind in order to get the contract and once they got it they dropped him. So
they violated their own contract. In a court of law I think they'd lose that,"
We called Inland for comment but they
haven't returned our phone calls yet.
Johnson says the company may have
dropped the local subcontractor because they had to split the contract with
"Inland brought their attorneys
forward, who said if we had been awarded the entire contract we would have used
all the subs. Is that the case? That's for somebody else to judge," said
Not only does Williams disapprove of
the way the deal was handled, but he also criticized the decision to keep the
fees the same while cutting the number of pickup days from two to one.
"Something is seriously wrong
with that," Williams, said.
Johnson says even though they're
picking up trash differently they're still doing their job.
"We're picking up the same amount
of trash from the same citizen. We're just doing it in a more effective way,"
Williams said, "I disagree with that. This was a bad
deal from the beginning."
Johnson says if the city renewed their old garbage
collection contract they would have had to start charging people $60 more a
year to pick up trash twice a week.
Saturday, August 30 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-08-30 23:17:41 GMT
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