SENECA FALLS — On Dec. 6, the Town Board voted unanimously to award a contract to D&L Disposal of Newark for curbside pickup of trash and recycled materials in the former village.
D&L was the lowest of two bidders at $126,000, but the company now wants out.
The Town Board was told Tuesday that company, which replaced the other bidder and 2018 vendor Cardinal Disposal of Dundee, has told town officials it doesn’t believe it can meet its obligations and has asked to be released from the 2019 contract.
“We can’t do that until we have another company ready to step in immediately,” said Supervisor Greg Lazzaro. “We’ll have to do a Request For Proposals. We’ve gotten calls from residents about problems. There has been some improvement, but it doesn’t seem to be working.”
Town Clerk Nicaletta Greer said if the award of the contract to D&L is rescinded, the board would need to authorize advertising for RFPs for sanitation services within a certain time period for legal advertisements. She suggested she advertise immediately and the board meet in special session Feb. 22 with the hope that a new vendor can start March 1.
The board voted to meet at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 to open proposals and award a new contract. D&L will continue to do pickups until a new company begins.
In another matter, Seneca Meadows Landfill General Manager Kyle Black showed up with an oversized mock check for $3,302,780. He said it symbolically represents the money paid to the town in 2018 under the Host Community Agreement. Black also said he gave the town a check for $807,222, representing the fourth quarter of 2018 payment under the agreement.
“I hope our partnership with the town continues,” Black said.
The board is trying to decide how to spend the landfill money. The agenda included several requests submitted by Water & Sewer Supervisor Joe Tullo, but no action was taken on using the landfill money for those items.
Town senior account clerk Bev Warfel presented the board with several pages of budget transfers she needs to make before she can close the books on 2018 and file the required report with the state.
Each board member was given a copy of the lengthy list and asked to review it before a special meeting at 4 p.m. Feb. 13. That’s when Warfel hopes to get approval of the transfers, paving the way for the board to discuss how to spend the landfill money.
The board also authorized Barton & Loguidice Engineers to advertise for bids for a $3 million sewer improvement project, designed to eliminate much of the infiltration and inflow of stormwater into the sanitary sewer system. The town has applied to the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation for grants and financial assistance to help pay for the upgrades.
The work would include new sewer mains in the area of Johnston, Cayuga and Maple Streets and separation of stormwater from roof drains, illegal basement sump pumps and leaking storm drains.
The board has voted to borrow the $3 million over 40 years. That would be paid back by a combination of grants and a tax imposed on property owners served by the system.