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Village and Town Dispute Garbage Disposal Savings

Mayor Stands by Decision To Leave Town

The Village of Mineola Board of Trustees recently voted to leave the Town of North Hempstead when it comes to garbage disposal and enter into a 10-year agreement with Omni of Babylon. Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins and the village trustees reasoned that Omni offered a better price than the town did and the new contract will offer significant savings to village taxpayers. However, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman believes Mineola was better served staying with the town’s solid waste disposal services. Mayor Martins, though, stands behind the village’s decision and believes that it agreeing to a contract with Omni will save taxpayers money.

With the village’s 15-year contract with the town coming to an end on April 30, the village asked for proposals from private contractors as well as the Town of North Hempstead for solid waste disposal.

The Town of North Hempstead quoted the village prices of $72.75 per ton for solid waste, $68 per ton for yard waste and $55 per ton for street sweepings. Omni quoted the village prices of $64.75 per ton for solid waste, $60 per ton for yard waste and $50 per ton for street sweepings. The village board, therefore, went with the lower prices in an effort to provide savings for its taxpayers.

While Supervisor Kaiman acknowledges that Omni’s prices are less expensive, he feels the village will be spending additional monies because village garbage trucks will be going to Babylon instead of the town’s station in Port Washington.

The village did account for an increased transportation cost of $4 per ton for delivering its solid waste to Babylon. “It will be more than $4 [per ton] It will be $7 or $8. With gas alone, they may still end up below our price, but we set our price, not based on gas alone, we set our price on everything.” Supervisor Kaiman said.

Supervisor Kaiman feels the village is better served by staying with the town since he believes the wear and tear on the village’s garbage trucks going to Babylon instead of Port Washington will eat into any savings the village may see from a less expensive price. “The village did not include in their cost estimates [things such as] oil and tires. Garbage trucks only last so long,” he said.

Village of Mineola Superintendent of Public Works Tom Rini said a cost analysis was done to analyze additional costs associated with transferring the garbage to Babylon. In its analysis, the village factored in a $4 per ton charge to the Omni’s price to account for the increased costs. “We tried to cover every cost possible and we still come up with a savings,” said Rini about the village’s contract with Omni.

According to Mayor Martins, even with the added costs of transferring garbage to Babylon instead of Port Washington, Mineola taxpayers will see an average savings of $100,000 per year for the length of the 10-year contract.

Still, Supervisor Kaiman believes the village will end up not saving money when it comes to its contract with Omni.

Other villages have already opted to go to Omni for solid waste disposal such as the Village of East Rockaway. According to village administrator John Mirando, the Village of East Rockaway signed on with Omni during the 2009-2010 budget year and received approximately $73,000 in savings for this current budget year and expects to receive $100,000 in savings for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. East Rockaway also made projections prior to signing a contract with Omini and those projections came to fruition, according to Mirando.