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Town of Merrillville

The Times

MERRILLVILLE — It wasn’t enough to have the lowest bid on a couple of matters that went before the Town Council recently.

The panel on Tuesday selected the town's refuse hauler, authorized the purchase of public works trucks and awarded a contract for paving on Grand Boulevard.

The council is sticking with Waste Management to handle residential trash and recycling collection.

A three-year agreement, which will start in April, calls for the monthly rates to start at $19.50 this year and increase to $20.09 in 2019 and $20.69 in 2020.

GMI Recycling Services and Republic Services also submitted proposals for the refuse hauler contract, and each of the companies offered lower rates than Waste Management, which has served the town for several years.

Town Attorney Joseph Svetanoff said Merrillville officials determined Waste Management submitted the most responsive proposal.

Councilwoman Chrissy Barron said Waste Management has been successful in town, and Merrillville officials believe it's in the municipality's best interest to remain with the company.

The town also is purchasing three single-axle dump trucks with snow-removal equipment from Pozzo Truck Center following action by the council. The total cost is $569,847. Merrillville has designated money from the town's Cumulative Capital Development fund for the purchase.

Pozzo was one of three that submitted bids for the vehicles.

Spires said Pozzo didn't submit the lowest bid, but it was the only company that met all of the specifications Merrillville is seeking for the vehicles.

The council also awarded a construction contract to Walsh & Kelly for the reconstruction of Grand Boulevard between 85th Avenue and 101st Avenue. The company submitted the lowest bid that came in close to $490,000.

Merrillville was awarded a state Community Crossings grant that will cover half of the cost. The town will pay its portion with money available from a bond issue approved last year.

The Grand Boulevard work could start in the spring.