Hammond drops plan to privatize recycling department

2014-03-02T20:15:00Z 2014-03-02T21:54:24Z Hammond drops plan to privatize recycling departmentMatt Mikus matt.mikus@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com
March 02, 2014 8:15 pm  • 

HAMMOND | The Hammond Board of Public Works has rejected two bids to privatize the recycling department for the city.

Waste Management and Homewood Disposal submitted bids to take over the city's recycling, but neither was viewed as a savings to the city.

Public Works Board Chairman Robert Lendi said the original intent of looking to privatize the department was to save tax dollars or receive a net zero cost with better services.

"If we would have awarded the bid to either of them, it would have cost us more," Lendi said.

Privatizing the recycling department still could be an option if the board decides to open up another bid process with more tailored requests from companies to reduce the overall cost.

Recycling is the smallest division of the newly formed Department of Public Works, which combined the sanitation, streets, parks and recycling departments. City Chief of Staff Mark McLaughlin said should the city privatize recycling, the employees in the department would move to another public works division.

In another matter, Nies Engineering of Hammond was hired to create designs and plans for renovating Field Street between Tapper Avenue and Reverend Ar Burns Drive for $8,750. The renovations will include decorative lighting, sidewalk and curb replacement.

The board also approved reconfiguring a house on the 4700 block of Torrence Avenue from a three-unit apartment to a single-family residence.

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