|John Diacogiannis and Steve Salvesen|
Before deciding on the bid itself, Supervisors wrestled with the 2-day v. 4-day argument.
Leading the charge for sticking with the current 2-day schedule, which will be more expensive, is Supervisor Jack Nagle. He had three arguments. First, he complained about the aesthetics, arguing that people would see garbage every day. Second, he worried that the schedule would get backed up when it snows. Finally, he is concerned residents will be upset. "People don't like change," he argued.
Echoing Nagle, Supervisor Steve Salvesen stated that a four-day trash collection schedule would be contrary to the best interests of the Township. "On windy days, we'll have garbage flying all through the Township."
On the other side of this question was Supervisor Mark Tanczos, who argued that what concerns residents the most "is saving every cent they can." Chairman John Diacogiannis sided with Tanczos. He noted snow days are always a mess, regardless whether trash is picked up twice or four days a week. "The savings to me are still significant," he concluded.
Sam Augustine, the Director of Sales at Republic, asked to address the Supervisors, but Solicitor Jim Broughal shut him off. He told Supervisors they already have bid packages, and that is all they should consider. "I just don't think it's fair that you listen to one without listening to all," he advised. "My recommendation is that you listen to none."
Supervisor Glenn Walbert was absent, and it will be up to him to break the deadlock when Supervisors meet again to award the bid on January 24, 7 PM, at the Municipal Building located at 3630 Jacksonville Road.