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Wilton

Waste Management’s bid is OK’d

WILTON — The town has purchased a new compactor for the Recycling Center at a cost of $24,326 — $10,000 less than what was expected.

In March, the town approved a $35,000 warrant article for a new compactor for the Recycling Center. The town received bids from two companies. One for a compactor from Waste Management of Peterborough, and one from DC Slocomb Company of Wilton.

The Waste Management bid came in at $24,326 for the compactor and $7,350 for a new compaction container, with an added requirement that the town renew its current contract with the company for waste disposal for another three years.

The town is currently coming to the end of a five-year contract with Waste Management. Slocomb’s bid for a compactor was less than Waste Management’s, at $23,500, but did not include the cost of wiring. After receiving an estimate, Recycling Center Director Steve Elliot said the wiring would cost in the range of $5,000 to $6,000.

The board also had the option of purchasing a new transfer box for material disposal, or renting one at the cost of $600 per year through Waste Management. Elliot recommended renting the box, as it would cost 12 times as much to purchase one. Renting the box would mean any damages during the transport of the materials would be on Waste Management and not on the town. The Select Board agreed that made the most sense.

Select Board member Rick Swanson asked if it was possible to accept the Waste Management bid without reentering a contract with them. Elliot said that originally the company was asking for a five-year contract, but he had negotiated it down to three. It was something they included in their offer, he said. Swanson said he thought the bids were at least comparable, and he would like to go with the local company if it was possible.

Select Board Chair Dan Donovan said it was the policy of the board to go with a local company if the difference in bids is minimal, but he wasn’t sure that was the case here. He advocated accepting the bid from Waste Management, signing the three-year contract and renting the disposal box instead of purchasing a new one. The board voted 2 to 1, with Swanson opposed, to follow that plan.

The Select Board will meet next on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

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