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Wausau re-opens garbage contract


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau will re-bid its garbage contract after the Rhinelander company that won the deal last month asked for a higher price than it originally submitted.


The City Council decided after a half-hour closed door meeting Tuesday night to invite haulers to submit bids for a five-year contract by September 16.  The Council will vote on the contract by September 18, the deadline for when a company would have to order new trucks to be ready by January 1st.


The Council awarded the 10-year, $15-million contract to Northern Waste August 11th.  But the company never signed the contract and said the price it submitted was too low for them to remain viable over the 10-year period.


Northern Waste underbid the city’s current hauler Veolia by $3.5 million.


“We’re not happy with this whole deal,” said Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple.


Officials with Veolia declined to comment on the development but said they would re-submit their bid.


One factor leading to a higher cost was Northern Waste’s preference to pick up recyclables once a week versus the once every other week the contract dictated.


That would have raised the price by a couple million dollars, Tipple said.