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Consultant could review private garbage bids

A consultant that is helping Nevada County set up a bidding process to outsource management of the garbage transfer station could be asked to analyze the bids that come in – for an additional $92,000.

Should the supervisors vote to privatize the management of the McCourtney Road station, the winning bidder would be required to pay a procurement fee of up to $100,000 to the county, allowing the county to recover most of the total money spent with the consultant, Chief Financial Officer Joe Christoffel said.

“The (consultant’s) analysis is to get us to a position of knowing exactly what we need,” Christoffel said. “It’s not something we have the expertise in-house to do.”

The county contracted with Eisenhardt Group, Inc., of San Francisco, in September last year for $25,000 to help staff collect information about private management of the county’s main garbage collection station.

The supervisors voted Feb. 9 to begin accepting proposals to manage the transfer station.

County executive officers want to extend the contract, paying Eisenhardt an additional $92,000 to guide the bidding process, analyze proposals for the board, and finalize any contracts, for a total of $117,000.

The county already contracts with Waste Management Inc. to pick up and deliver trash and recyclables to the transfer station, Christoffel said. Recology picks up the waste and hauls it off, while the county deals with recyclables and every-day operations.

The original Eisenhardt contract was entered into as part of the county’s commitment to look at outsourcing government functions to private firms if it can save taxpayers money, Christoffel said.

In the past year as tax revenues dipped, the county has considered outsourcing the animal shelter and library service as well. The county is currently in negotiations to run the shelter with local animal group Sammie’s Friends.

The supervisors also are slated to rule today on whether a private firm or in-house cuts will be chosen for the financially-strapped libraries.

Three committees have come up with recommendations to cut back on librarians and hours, and none of them rated a private proposal from Library Services and Services of Maryland as a preferred alternative – even though LSSI says it could increase hours of service.

The board will meet at 9 p.m. at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City. The matter is scheduled after public comment at 9:30 a.m.

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