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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-22-2020

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6 PAWTUCKET APRIL 22-28, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION the path of building, or having them build and operate, there's absolute consensus among all coun- cil members that we need to be a lot more diligent about getting what we bargained for and holding the vendor's feet to the fire over the course of the contract," he said. Among the issues with the com- pany over the years have been a lack of general upkeep and cleanup and improper covering of trucks, leading residents to complain about increased rats. Asked for information related to WCI's bids based on multiple sce- narios presented by the city, mem- bers of Mayor Donald Grebien's administration said there has been no public discussion of the numbers yet and the information will not yet be released. Numbers are being dis- cussed with purchasing, the DPW, Rudd and Mercer. Among the options before the council for potential approval are: • Having WCI rebuild the trans- fer station to modern standards and have only municipal waste accepted; • Or have the company build a new station and keep the 600-ton cap while continu- ing to accept gar- bage from outsiders. The City Council has shown little appetite for shutting down the station fully, which would come with a much more significant financial hit. Rudd, who in the past has offered the option of only having city trash accepted at the facility as a com- promise, could not be reached for comment. Mercer said this week that "where the trash comes from" is a part of the negotiations happening behind closed doors. Talks are not related to finalizing a contract at this point. Dylan Zelazo, chief of staff to Mayor Donald Grebien, said the remaining options are not ideal ones, but a rebuilt station with continued revenue from outside sources is the likely option moving forward. An upgrade to the facility has been tabbed at $2 million to $2.5 million, meaning the city would likely pay about $300,000 per year back over a 10-year contract with WCI, with the total closer to $3 million with interest. A sce- nario where only Pawtucket trash is accepted and taken to the landfill would likely cost the city $1 million or more annually. In summary, the two options being considered by the city in negotiations with WCI is to build a new facility with the existing opera- tional parameters, which essentially breaks even, or upgrade it and pay significantly more to accept garbage only from city residents. "This is an important issue for the city of Pawtucket that has impacts on trash and recycling services for all residents, taxes for all taxpayers, and a number of quality of life mat- ters for the surrounding neighbor- hoods," said Earls in a statement. "The transfer station is a direct ben- efit to the residents of Pawtucket who utilize the facility on a regular basis to dispose of several types of trash. We are working to balance the direct financial and service impact to the residents." STATION From Page One Curbside yard waste pickup returns May 4 PAWTUCKET – Since pausing services for yard waste pickup, the Department of Public Works has been in regular contact with MTG Disposal, according to officials, who now anticipate reinstating curbside yard waste pickup on May 4. The company previously announced that pickup of bulky items would also be paused, but Public Works Director Eric Earls said that never went into effect in Pawtucket. "The decision to temporarily pause the pickup was not taken lightly, as we always want to pro- vide residents with services," he said. "However, this is a time where we need to focus on being healthy and safe." 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