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Town: County Waste charges unfounded

"I specifically recall that during your first year in office, you [Supervisor Paula Mahan] took the initiative to conduct an RFP bidding process for the sale of 'excess capacity' at the town landfill," wrote Schillinger.

He said Allied Waste did not participate in the original bidding process in March.

Jack Cunningham, commissioner of the Division of Public Works, had a different version of events.

"Allied Waste came in at $48 a ton, and we rejected that," he said. "Because we were only able to guarantee placement of 55,000 tons, and we were really aiming to place about 100,000 tons, I came to the town board and said, 'I want the board to declare a surplus so we can go out and solicit companies to come in. Because we're a municipality, we have to do the bid process. But once the bid process was done, then we could go out and start selling the excess."

Once that occurred, Allied Waste approached the town after its contact for 2010 was up.

"They needed more waste this year," said Bob Griffin, general manager of Allied Waste. "We had finished up our agreement for last year, and we asked if they were going to need extra waste."

They then negotiated a contract with the town for $51 per ton in 2011.

Cunningham agreed said there is still room available at the landfill and County Waste could currently bid for a lower amount.

"They still have the opportunity to come back and buy additional tonnage," he said. "I have additional space up there. If you want to call me, my number is 783-6292. Seriously, if they're interested in buying more tonnage, we would be happy to take more tonnage in. All they have to do is contact us and we'll work with them."

Cunningham added that County Waste had actually purchased additional tonnage lower than the minimum rate a couple of years ago.

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