Ho-Ho-Kus October 7, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 5 Borough seeks bids for solid waste collection by Jennifer Crusco The one-year solid waste and recyclable materials collection contract between the Borough of Ho-Ho-Kus and Waste Management of New Jersey, Inc. is nearing an end, and the borough council has authorized the municipal clerk to advertise for a new round of bids. Ho-Ho-Kus Borough Administrator Don Cirulli explained that the uncertain economic circumstances that began last fall led the council to pursue a short-term contract to allow the borough to monitor potential changes in prices for services. Cirulli said the call for bids published in two regional newspapers requests quotes for contracts that would extend for one, three, and five years. A pre-bid conference will be held for contractors on Nov. 9. At that time, contractors who need additional information may have their questions answered by borough officials. The bid opening has been set for Dec. 4, and the council could award a contract as early as Dec. 15. The current contract with Waste Management covers residents, businesses, and the K-8 public school in the Borough of Ho-Ho-Kus. The one-year agreement cost the borough $583,956. Once again, contractors have been asked to submit prices for a series of scenarios. One scenario concerns rear yard garbage pickup with a two container maximum per pickup. This concept also involves twice a week collections all year in both of the borough’s collection zones, one of which includes properties east of Route 17, and the other which includes properties west of that highway. Another scenario involves rear yard garbage collection of an unlimited number of containers from April 1 through Oct. 31, and once a week collection of an unlimited number of containers from Nov. 1 through March 31. A third option is twice a week, yearround curbside collection of garbage featuring a two container maximum each time. Bidders were also asked to submit pricing for curbside collection of unlimited containers for twice a week pickups from April 1 through Oct. 31, and once a week from Nov. 1 through March 31. The borough also asked for prices for once a week collection for most of the year with twice a week collections from Thanksgiving through Dec. 31. Bidders were asked to submit pricing for the curbside collection of recyclables twice a month in each of the borough’s two zones, and for the collection of solid waste and recyclables at the Ho-Ho-Kus Public School three times a week. The current contract provides HoHo-Kus residents with rear yard garbage collection with no limit on the number of containers twice a week from April 1 through Oct. 31, and once a week collections from Nov. 1 through March 31. The contract also includes a once a month “white goods” pickup for large items such as appliances and furniture, and twice a month curbside collections of recyclables. Residents may also bring their recyclables to the Ho-Ho-Kus Department of Public Works collection site. Waste Management has carried out the solid waste collections for the borough since the spring of 1999. For many years, Ho-Ho-Kus homeowners each held individual contracts with the borough’s waste hauler. In the 1990s, the borough aimed to consolidate the multiple contracts into one borough-sponsored contract that would include rear yard pickup and “home side” recyclable collections. The borough established a solid waste utility, and residents began making quarterly payments to that utility for collection services in 1998. Five years ago, the borough moved to once-a-week solid waste collections from Nov. 1 through March 31 as a cost-cutting measure. Does Your Child Want to Be a Designer? 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