During its meeting on March 5, Montrose City Councilors received a bid tabulation sheet that included a rough outline of what the six companies would charge to provide the city services. Those companies included Bruin Waste of Naturita, Waste Management of Montrose, Mountain Rolloff of Carbondale, CRS of Grand Junction, Red River Service Company of Dripping Springs, Tex., and the City of Montrose.
The tabulation sheet showed that two companies – Waste Management and Maintain Rolloff – could provide "residential base level of service" for less than the city, even after a 95 cent administration charge is added to their bids.
The details of each proposal will be reviewed by a committee that includes a member of the city's citizen recycling group, the city administration, and City Manager Bill Bell. That committee is expected to make a recommendation to the city council by its March 20 regular meeting.
Bell said each committee member will review the proposals, reading through every detail and plotting the criteria. They will then meet to compare each other's notes to make a recommendation.
"I'm very impressed by the level of information that each organization provided. … I think we got a good response," Councilor Carol McDermott said.
The city has been considering privatization of its sanitation department since it was forced to cut its curbside recycling program due to budget restraints and a lack of support for a fee-based program.
The city asked for information from organizations several months ago, but responses were vague. Council then decided to put out a request for proposal and had the city also bid so that the proposals could be compared against what the city currently offers.
The city is not obligated to privatize because a bid is lower than what the city offers, according to the proposal criteria.