HAMMOND | The Board of Public Works and Safety will re-advertise bids in an effort to privatize the city's recycling department.
The first bids were higher than the board anticipated.
Board president Robert Lendi said the bid specifications will be more detailed this time.
"We're confident that we'll get more favorable responses back," Lendi said.
The new bids will be opened April 11.
Lendi and other city officials have said the board won't move on privatizing the recycling department unless they can save money, improve services or both.
In other business, the board approved an agreement with Clark Dietz, Inc. to begin engineering designs for improving the street lights for Linden Avenue between 4700 and 4900 blocks. The costs for engineering designs will be $11,850.
Additionally, Council President Michael Opinker asked the board to allocate $50,000 to the sidewalk repair program.
The board approved the request.