Paterson Top Stories

Garbage Hauler Sues Paterson Over Decision To Rebid Contract

a33be4bc681a56a5c592_roselle.jpg
a33be4bc681a56a5c592_roselle.jpg

 

PATERSON, NJ – The battle over Paterson’s lucrative garbage contracts has ended up exactly where city officials expected – in court.

Suburban Disposal of Fairfield has sued Paterson, claiming city officials should have awarded the company the contract for garbage collection instead of seeking a new set of bids on the job. Suburban’s bid was for $10.5 million for the first three years, with $4.2 million options for two more years.

Sign Up for E-News

The president of Smentkowski Carting of Jersey City, one of the other companies seeking the garbage collection work, claimed the lawsuit was a ploy by Suburban to delay the award of the contract so it could continue doing the job for a higher price.

City officials rejected the original bids on the contract about two months after Paterson Public Schools pulled out of an agreement for a joint garbage collection contract at the last minute.

But Suburban’s lawsuit argues that the combined collections with the school district were just one option among five choices outlined in the bid specification. The lawsuit maintains Paterson should have gone ahead and awarded the contract to Suburban under one of the other options.

Suburban, using trucks with the name Roselle on them, has been collecting Paterson’s garbage in recent years. Its contract expired at the end of June, but it has continued doing the work under a series of extensions until the city resolved.

After a series of contentious public meetings on the issue in October, Paterson officials decided to seek new bids in December and start the new contract in January. But the lawsuit derails that plan.

Paterson Purchasing Director Harry Cevallos said the municipal law department has advised him that the city ought to prepare documents to extend Suburban’s previous contract another three months, until the end of March.

By any measurement, that’s going to cost Paterson taxpayers extra money for garbage collections.

Suburban has said that its price under the new proposal submitted back in the spring would have saved the city $300,000 compared to the old contract. Also, Smentkowski president Gary Giordano has repeatedly told Paterson officials that his company would do the interim collections for $50,000 less per month than Suburban’s bid price.

Galaxy and Suburban have gone to war – and court - over other municipal garbage contracts in New Jersey

Councilman Kenneth Morris said the city ought to weigh Giordano’s offer. “If they can do it for a lot cheaper for the three month, maybe we should go with that,’’ Morris said. But first, the city would have to make sure that the switch in companies for the three month period wouldn’t disrupt garbage collections, he said.

“I’m not real pleased with doing business with somebody who sues me,’’ Morris said.

City officials also decided to rebid Paterson’s garbage disposal contract, a separate contract worth even more money. So far, officials said, none of those companies has filed suit.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_3f27a97645e7103f9868_flyer__courthouse_plaza_programs_2018-page-001

Tue, July 24, 11:00 AM

Paterson Courthouse Plaza, Paterson

Tuesdays in the Plaza

Carousel_image_efec3d39ddc6008dd11e_4a256201-8c0a-450c-b62e-8a761d6f5b83

Thu, July 26, 6:00 PM

Vreeland Ave. Park, Paterson

Occupy Vreeland Ave. Park

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar

Carousel_image_3f27a97645e7103f9868_flyer__courthouse_plaza_programs_2018-page-001

Tue, July 31, 11:00 AM

Paterson Courthouse Plaza, Paterson

Tuesdays in the Plaza

Readers Says Let Developer Bring Paterson Back

July 13, 2018

Dear Editor: 

It is no secret that Paterson is in dire need of revitalizing, restructuring, rebuilding, and, quite frankly, rebranding. As a city, we have struggled to pay our municipal debt, to reduce crime substantially, to create sustainable employment opportunities for our youth and to provide assistance for our city’s most vulnerable residents. 

Today, we face an uphill ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 19, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

July 16, 2018

(TRENTON) – The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death ...

Pascrell, Renacci, Senators Celebrate House Approval of Congressional Gold Medal to Baseball Pioneer Larry Doby

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) hailed the passage in the House of Representatives of H.R. 1861, the Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Act. The legislation awards the Congressional Gold Medal to the late baseball star, Larry Doby, who broke the American League’s color barrier in 1947.

“A proud ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

July 12, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Big Plans for Small Park in Newark’s North Ward

NEWARK, NJ- An under-utilized pocket park on Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark’s North Ward has become a symbol of what can be accomplished in neighborhoods throughout the city through effective public-private partnerships. 

The park’s supporters have big plans for the public space, located directly across the street from the busy North Ward Center, located in an historic ...

I'm Sorry Mr. Jackson... I Am For Real

July 8, 2018

Hello again, Paterson. 

So much has changed since the last time I’ve written… as I’d hoped, Andre Sayegh is our new mayor and it seems an exciting new dawn is upon us. I think when any change comes, especially one as major as this, there is an opportunity for reflection as well as for hope. This election taught me quite a bit, seeing some of the best and worst sides of ...

RU Ready for Rutgers Football? Tickets on Sale

July 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - There's a lot of promotions planned this fall as part of the Rutgers football season.

Single game tickets go on sale Thursday, July 12, with seven home games. There's matchups against Big Ten East opponents Michigan and Penn State, and a first-time cross divisional meeting with Northwestern.

If football is not your thing, there's plenty ...

Westfield to Hold 3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ Celebrating Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...