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Strasburg and Woodstock continue to discuss details of possible partnership
By Amber Marra - firstname.lastname@example.org
Because of changes in the prices offered by American Disposal Services, Strasburg is still considering its options for its upcoming trash contract that may be partnered with Woodstock.
Both towns have been discussing the change in recent meetings, with Woodstock still leaning toward the initial decision to go with Long Enterprises, according to Town Manager Larry Bradford. At a work session Monday night, members of the Strasburg Town Council were more concerned with a new development in American Disposal Services' price schedule that would lower the monthly cost to residents slightly.
The first deadline for bids on Feb. 7 ended with American Disposal Services, Long Enterprises and Waste Management making pitches. Strasburg currently uses American Disposal Services for its trash and recycling, while Woodstock uses town-owned trucks and does not offer recycling.
Both towns decided not to go with Waste Management immediately, and have been tossing around both Long and American Disposal ever since. American Disposal's original price for weekly trash pickup was $6.99 per household per month. The company's initial recycling fee was $2.99.
In comparison, Long's trash services would cost $6.65 per household per month with recycling costing $2.15.
This has changed, however, as American Disposal came forward on March 4 with a different price, according to a proposal sent to Strasburg by the company. The price for American Disposal's trash pickup will now be $5.99 per household per month with recycling at $2.49, according to the new proposal.
This would cost each resident $8.48 per month for trash and recycling services. That is 32 cents cheaper than Long's proposal, which would cost residents $8.80 per month.
After much discussion at Monday's work session, Strasburg's council came to the decision that it would first approach Long to see if the company can meet the same price as American Disposal Services.
"I don't necessarily have a problem with going with Long, but I also feel it is incumbent on us to provide the best services for the best price for our citizens," Councilman Richard Orndorff Jr. said.
Though he was not sure whether or not Long would be able to lower its prices from the original bid, Town Manager Judson Rex said if Strasburg does decide to stay with American Disposal it will hinder Woodstock's chances at gaining a recycling system.
Long Enterprise has maintained throughout the process that it will only begin a recycling program if both towns agree to enter into a contract.
"Long doesn't have recycling right now, and in order to recoup the start up cost of a new program is would need the two towns to make it possible," Rex said.