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Ada County Looks at Late Trash Hauler Bid

Plus downtown's new neighborhood association and Butch Otter's transportation committee


Ada County Opens Late Trash Hauler Bid

When the Ada County Courthouse closed at 5 p.m. on July 20, only one firm had submitted a bid to carry county residents' garbage from their homes to the dump. The proposal was from Allied Waste, the current hauler, which has been without a contract, or on an extended one, for a year.

When the three commissioners considered the matter the next day in a public meeting, a day after the deadline, a second bid appeared, from Western Waste Services in Twin Falls.

In January, Commissioner Sharon Ullman asked that the renewal of the contract with Allied be put on hold and she suggested, via her blog, that there might be four other companies interested in bidding and that they should be given a shot at the contract. In early June, the county published a request for proposals from trash haulers. Representatives of four companies, including Allied, showed interest in the bid.

On Tuesday, July 21, Ullman and Commissioner Rick Yzaguirre voted to open the Western Waste Services bid, even though it was late.

"The board voted to at least open the bid," Chairman Fred Tilman told citydesk. "But on the record, it was stated that it had come in late and was considered a nonresponsive bid."

Tilman opposed the move to open the late bid. But he said that Allied's bid could also be deemed nonresponsive if the RFP submitted does not meet the standards of the county. The county purchasing department made recommendations to the commissioners on Aug. 4, after press time.

Boise DNA Formed

More than 20 downtown residents showed up last week for an organizational meeting of the newly formed Downtown Neighborhood Association. There was a five-way tie for the eighth seat on the board, so DNA coordinator Karen Sander, who runs the Downtown Business Association, opted to seat nine people and figure out how to deal with it at the first board meeting.

The list of board members includes Gail Young, former Ada County Commissioner Judy Peavey-Derr, Brian Ballard, Diana and Walt Sledzieski, Rick Mattoon, business owner Theresa Browning, Teresa and Arthur Hamblin, and new Boise resident Vivek Pahariya.

"You're the new pioneers, and I think we actually owe you a debt of thanks," said Boise City planning chief Bruce Chatterton, who just bought a hybrid car and aspires to one day live downtown.

Otter Transportation Funding Group Gets 17 Months

Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter has given a new task force until December to come up with long-term funding solutions for the Idaho Transportation Department. December 2010, that is.

"Our first meeting will largely be an organizational one," Lt. Gov. Brad Little said. "But we intend to make substantial progress this year and return to work after the 2010 legislative session."

Otter spokesman Mark Warbis said that the governor will take concrete suggestions from the group as soon as they are ready, but that their task is to find a 20- to 30-year road solution.

The organizational meeting of the Task Force on Modernizing Transportation Funding in Idaho starts at Thursday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m., in the Joe R. Williams Building.

war in Iraq

U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, 4,333 U.S. service members (including 31 Idahoans) have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 3,465 in combat and 868 from non-combat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 31,460. In the last week, one U.S. soldiers died.

Since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 104 soldiers have died.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Defense

IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 92,550 and 101,037.


COST OF IRAQ WAR: $670,714,154,454