Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00
The council passed a resolution authorizing the city to award a contract to Winters Bros. Recycling Corp. to provide operation and maintenance of the transfer station and solid waste transport and disposal services, and to Galaxy Recycling Inc. to provide the city’s recyclables transport and disposal services, for a combined overall estimated cost of $15,591,867.36 over 10 years. The contracts were set to commence Aug. 1 for 10 years, with each contract having three consecutive five-year mutually agreed upon extensions.
Anthony Core of Omni Recycling, who said he was on the short list for the job, spoke to the council and requested a copy of the report that determined their decision on awarding the contracts to the two companies as the lowest responsible bidders.
“I received a one line letter on Friday that I found just a little bit gruff,” he said, noting that he has been given more complete reports from other bid requests, and that he spent a lot of money on his proposal. He also said that perhaps it was easier for the city to award the contract to Winters Bros. since they already maintain the transfer station.
Michael Cahill, an attorney for the city, said, “I disagree that there was favoritism in the city’s decision. The group that reviewed the bids bent over backwards,” he said, calling Core a “disgruntled bidder.”
An attorney for Core asked whether or not there had been a review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The council went into executive session before concluding that rehiring the company is a Type II action, exempt from SEQRA, since it is an existing operation. The council passed the resolution in a 5-1 vote, with Councilman Tony Gallo, Jr. opposing the decision citing a possible “flaw in the process.”
“I’ve read the recommendations of our consultants, seen the numbers and raised questions. I’m satisfied with the answers I’ve gotten,” said Councilman Reginald Spinello.
Additionally, the city issued serial bonds to finance the cost of termination payments to city employees leaving their posts this year, in the amount of $3.5 million, and passed several parking ordinances after a public hearing.
An ordinance was passed to create one handicapped parking space in front of Trinity Lutheran Church on Forest Avenue and to implement a “no stopping” ordinance for a segment of Crescent Beach Road surrounding a fire hydrant.
Resident David Nieri suggested upgrading the media system so that Google Earth maps could be shown to residents to get a better idea of where these areas of the city are. The mayor said that, with the use of grant money that had been given previously, the sound system and media capabilities would be upgraded this fall.
Several residents of Rooney Court also addressed the city in the issue of the proposed Villa Project, the plans of which have not yet been finalized by the city’s planning board, and have not yet come before the city council. The residents expressed their concern about the scope of the project, claiming that the proposed height would destroy their views, devalue their homes and impose potential danger due to the steep hill that the buildings would be built upon.
The council members listened to their concerns and asked what they would like to see. Those present said they are not against development yet do not want to feel as if they are living in Queens.
“So you are asking for lower buildings and less density?” asked Mayor Suozzi, to which the residents agreed.
Gail Waller spoke about the current proposed zoning for the property and said, “You need to think of the health, safety and well-being of the residents.”