Magoffin County residents will be paying slightly less to rid themselves of household garbage when Veolia Environmental Services assumes transportation duties next month.
The Magoffin County Fiscal Court, meeting Tuesday morning, followed a solid waste committee’s recommendation and awarded the county’s bid to the Milwaukee, Wisconsin headquartered company.
Three bids, including one from current solid waste transporter Rumpkee, were opened during a Friday fiscal court gathering when judge-executive Charles Hardin, MD appointed a three member panel to review the presentations.
Magistrate Stanley Holbrook, deputy judge-executive Mike Wilson, and solid waste coordinator Devin Allen Helton were given bid review duties and presented their findings, which showed Veolia as the lowest qualified bidder.
Under Veolia, which has regional offices in Irvine, Morehead, and Lexington, residents will pay $15.48 per month for household collection, which represents a $1.37 per month cheaper rate.
Senior citizens, starting October 1 when Veolia officially assumes solid waste duties in Magoffin County, will pay $12.24 per month or 38 cents less than the current rate.
Bob Vanmeter, Veolia area manager of Kentucky, said business rates would also be slightly lower and added that his company planned on retaining employees who are now employed by Rumpkee.
“We’re thrilled with the awarding of the bid and we are looking forward to becoming a positive member of the Magoffin County business sector,” he said.
“We want to be a community player in Salyersville and provide residents here with prompt and quality service.”
Rumpkee has served as the county’s solid waste collection company for five years and received rave reviews from officials and citizens for that service.
However, of the three companies submitting bids, Rumpkee’s was the highest residential bid, officials said.