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Move your car or be towed

Published March 23. 2012 05:01PM

If you live in the 200, 300 or 400 block of West Kline Avenue in Lansford, you'd best obey the trash day parking rules or find your car gone.

Borough council on Wednesday asked solicitor Michael Greek to draft an ordinance allowing the borough to tow vehicles that impede the progress of trash trucks down the narrow street. Now, vehicles are ticketed, but that doesn't seem to deter people.

The trash trucks end up having to back down the street, Councilman Tommy Vadyak said.

Councilwoman Samantha Yasson suggested increasing the amount of the fine attached to the tickets, but Vadyak and others are convinced that would not make a difference.

After some discussion, council voted, with no dissensions, to ask Greek to prepare the ordinance.

In another trash-related move, council threw out three bids for a new trash pickup contract and will go for a second round of bid-seeking.

Last week, council opened the bids, from Tamaqua Transfer & Recycling, Interstate Waste Services and JP Mascaro. The bids were for a five-year contract.

The trouble started when the Interstate representative said the way the bid was to be tabulated was being done wrong and needed to be changed.

The figures read from the Interstate bid were originally $316,281.60 for the first year; $322,607.23 for the second year; $329,059.37 for the third year; $335,640.56 for there fourth year and $342,353.37 for the fifth year.

That was significantly lower than the two other bidders. Tamaqua Transfer had bid $1,829,084 for the fifth year, and Mascaro had asked $1,967,820 for its fifth-year bid.

The Interstate representative said his company's figures should have been added together, which would have resulted in the fifth year costing $1,645,942.

Councilwoman Mary Kruczek on Wednesday said that because Interstate's figures should be accepted as how they were presented, she would ask council to accept the bid as-is, with $342,353.37 as the fifth-year cost.

"This is the proposal we received," she said.

Her motion failed for lack of support.

Councilman Lenny Kovach asked council to throw out the bids and seek new ones. Council voted 3-3, with Councilwoman Danielle Smith absent. Mayor Ron Hood broke the tie in favor of rebidding the contract.

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