Landfill Manager Bob Gaston wants the Helena-West Helena City Council to waive the competitive bidding process authorizing Mayor Arnell Willis to enter into a contract to prepare the landfill grounds to sink methane gas monitoring wells to meet state and federal environmental guidelines.
Gaston previously presented the issue of the methane probe and some estimates at a previous council meeting including a bid by Young's Custom service.
“We are hoping to move the bid quickly,” said Gaston.
“You can tell by the invoices that have been presented that the estimates are the same, so we're hoping to move forward with the council's authorization to waive the competitive bidding based on the two invoices that I have brought you tonight,” continued Gaston.
Gaston explained that it is an immediate responsibility to prepare the Helena West Helena Landfill grounds in the manner to sink methane gas monitoring wells to meet the requirements of state and federal environmental guidelines. Gaston stressed that his recommendation would be to present the plans to the city's engineers and request they look it over and make sure there's not a problem with anybody.
“We plan to jump on this no later than March 28,” added Gaston.
Gaston said that he was simply looking for direction in how to go about getting this done in a legal, timely manner.
Councilman Jay Hollowell recommended the council waive the competitive bidding due to the fact that the deadline is pressing and agreed to have the plans be reviewed by the city engineer.
Councilman John Huff questioned whether or not only local quotes were being considered, to which Gaston replied, “This is a mandatory situation and I am confident with the quotes that have been given me.”
Gaston reported that Young's invoice detailed 40 feet by 6-inch holes be bored in the ground.
A motion was made and approved.
Gaston presented another ordinance, this one detailing the preparation of the landfill's grounds in preventing further erosion and meeting state and federal guidelines.
“In order to approve the contract, we, as a body, have to waive the competitive bidding,” explained Hollowell.
A motion was made to waive competitive bidding failed resulting in the recommendation authorize the approval of initiating the competitive bidding for services rendered.