McCook renews contract to haul trash to Ogallala

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The McCook City Council agreed with a recommendation by a city official to renew the current contract in hauling trash to a landfill in Ogallala.

Public Works Director Kyle Potthoff recommended renewing the contract with Colby Claflin of C and J Trucking until Dec. 31, and sending out bids for the work in the spring.

Due to the uncertain economy and fluctuating fuel prices, getting bids right now may result in higher prices than what is allocated in the budget, he told the council at its meeting Monday night.

The council agreed and renewed the contract at $14.50 per ton plus any fuel costs that are above $2.15 a gallon. Currently, fuel is $3.19 a gallon so an additional surcharge of $1.04 is paid per load, Potthoff said.

There are 27 tons per load, that equals $391.50 per load.

In response to a question by Councilman Lonnie Anderson, Claflin said he makes two trips a day hauling trash to Ogallala, sometimes more in the summer due to roofing jobs.

Potthoff said Friday that about $174,000 is allocated in the city budget for this service, not including surcharges. C and J Trucking has transported trash to the landfill for the city for the past four years.

Potthoff also recommended that in the spring the city extend the contract with the J Bar J Landfill in Ogallala by one year, to September 2012.

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