City Council awards storm debris collection contract | savannahnow.com

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Nov

City Council awards storm debris collection contract | savannahnow.com

The Savannah City Council ended up awarding a storm debris collection contract to the recommended firm Thursday, after delaying a vote three times.

The 6-3 vote means Florida-based Ceres Environmental Services will now be responsible for cleaning up after natural disasters in the city, with the second- and third-ranked companies assisting if needed.

Aldermen John Hall, Mary Osborne and Estella Shabazz voted against awarding the contract to Ceres, which earned the top score after being evaluated by staff based on experience, qualifications, references and fees. All three had voiced support to awarding the contract to third-ranked company AshBritt Environmental instead.

Hall, Osborne and Shabazz said they preferred AshBritt because of its partnership with a local minority-owned company, The Polote Corporation, and because it pledged a larger minority and women owned business participation rate.

Their preference came despite AshBritt’s cost for services totaling $1,991 per unit, which is $806 more than Ceres. City Manager Stephanie Cutter had also warned the council that federal reimbursements would be threatened if they did not select the highest ranked proposal.

Osborne said that AshBritt’s higher fees meant that workers would be paid more.

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