DENHAM SPRINGS — The City Council revisited its garbage contract Tuesday night, but came away with the same conclusion it reached last month.
A representative of Waste Management asked the council to complete its contract with Allied Waste Services and then put the city’s waste collection out for public bid.
Waste Management has been waiting for the contract to end so it could bid on it, Warren E. Guedry Jr. of Waste Management said.
Mayor Jimmy Durbin told the council it reached a good agreement with Allied last month to extend the contract for five years.
The monthly pickup rate for garbage and recyclables was scheduled to rise this month from $18.48 to $19.79 before the agreement was made to lower rates to $18 a month.
The $18 monthly fee will remain in place for the next two years in exchange for extending the Allied contract by five years, Durbin reminded the council.
Councilwoman Lori Lamm-Williams, who voted against the extension last month, asked the council to hold a public hearing on the type of pickup people want.
She said she had gotten about 10 phone calls from people who in favor of finishing the Allied contract and then putting the matter out for public bid.
Durbin said he had received no such calls even though the matter had received extensive news coverage. He told the council it saved residents a lot of money by proceeding with the contract extension.
“It’s amazing what we are getting,” he said.
Under the new agreement, Allied will provide separate 96-gallon carts for garbage and recyclables and will use an automated system for pickup.
Garbage pickup will continue to occur twice a week. Pick up of recyclable materials, white goods and other bulky waste will continue to occur once a week, under the agreement.
Though the matter resulted in lengthy discussion, Lamm-Williams again cast the lone negative vote as the council authorized Durbin to sign the contract it had agreed on at its last meeting.