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$2M Contract Awarded for Automated Recycling Trucks

Losing bidder objects, however

The township council unanimously awarded a contract to a Pennsylvania company to deliver eight automated recycling collection trucks to Brick.

The council awarded a $2,064,120 contract for the trucks to Gran Turk Company of Bridgeport, Pa.

The contract calls for the trucks – Peterbilt models – to be delivered within 180 days, though Public Works Director Glenn Campbell has said the trucks may be delivered as early as April.

The township will eventually purchase 95 gallon cans which will be compatible with the trucks, with each household in town being issued one. Recycling collection, once the program is in place, will shift to once every other week instead of a once per week schedule.

The move to automated recycling is expected to generate additional revenue for the township, as Brick receives grant funding in return for higher recycling participation, as well as a savings on tipping fees that would be paid to landfills when recyclable items are discarded as trash.

There was one objector to the award of the contract, attorney Michael Wenning of the Bradley Beach-based law firm of Keith, Winters and Wenning.

Wenning said he represented one of the losing bidders, Detcon, of Farmingdale.

Wenning said his client bid based on specifications that called for 8 gauge steel resistant to 100,000psi of pressure, while the winning bid was awarded to a company that had proposed thinner, 12 gauge steel resistant to 80,000psi of pressure.

If his client had bid based on the specification that was actually awarded, the price would have been "substatially lower," said Wenning.

Dennis Kelly, an attorney with Gilmore and Monahan representing the township, advised the council the award of the bid could go forward.

"At this point, the bid, as awarded … was done appropriately," said Kelly.

Wenning said his client intends to "pursue this issue."

Tommy January 05, 2013 at 09:27 PM
I won't dignify this nonsense.
Tommy January 05, 2013 at 09:29 PM
My last comment is at you Bertha. Obviously you have an interest beyond a tax payers interest.
Bertha January 06, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Thank you Sal for an intelligent response, Cosmo, the truck body is what is in question (if what I saw from the Council meeting is the only issus) but yes I do undesrtand that these trucks are a combo of two companies, the cab and body And Tommy please keep to your pledge and do not respond. Thank You all. .
Slippery Slope January 06, 2013 at 03:20 PM
@ clamdigger......Your empty beer cans for the week alone, would fill up one recycle can. Then throw in your empty whiskey bottles and dirty magazines and you will definitely need another can.
JDB February 25, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Also note that the Labrie bodies that Gran Turk sells are made in Canada. Detcon Bid Bridgeport bodies made in Texas USA !

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