Trash hauler County Waste has accused the Town of Colonie of having a closed-door negotiation with Allied Waste, allowing the company to purchase extra tonnage at the landfill for reduced rate, but town officials said the process was handled properly.
"How could it be a backroom deal when everything was done in the open?" said Town Attorney Mike Magguilli. "Those are some pretty serious allegations. They [County Waste] had the opportunity and still have the opportunity to come in now and buy more excess capacity."
In a letter dated Friday, Jan. 14, the County Waste claimed that Allied Waste was awarded a contract for solid waste disposal at the town's landfill after it had seen the prices bid during the Request for Proposal Bidding process in March 2010. The minimum each waste company could bid was $50.
Calls to County Waste officials had not been returned as of press time.
After the bidding process ended and County Waste was awarded a contract for $55 per ton for 40,0000 tons and Waste Management was awarded a contract for $53 per ton, the town declared a surplus for sale of 25,000 tons in 2010 and 40,000 tons for 2011 and 2012. The surplus was declared through a Town Board resolution on May 27, in a vote of 6-to-1, with Councilman Dan Dustin dissenting.
On July 29, the town awarded a bid to Allied Waste for a solid waste disposal agreement for the 25,000 tons of surplus, as well as on Jan. 6 of this year for the 40,000-ton surplus at $51 per ton. Both resolutions passed unanimously.
In the letter to the town, Lawrence Schillinger, attorney for County Waste, said the company did not agree with the way business was conducted. Schillinger said the town had always allowed the surplus tonnage to go through a competitive bidding process.