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Marion County and Columbia closer to outsourcing trash services

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) -

In a joint venture to privatize waste disposal, Marion County and the city of Columbia are one step closer.

The city and county boards have agreed that Red River Waste Disposal Company will provide their waste management services. The next step, is to begin negotiations for days and services to be rendered. 

Red River issued the most competitive bid at just over $6 per household for one-day pick up and just over $9 for two-day pick up. Initially, Columbia and Marion County reviewed proposals from 5 competing companies.

However, Mayor Reed Houston says nothing is set in stone. "Our lawyers, Joe Shepard from the county, and Lawrence Haan from the city, will start working with Red River, talking with them because its going to be two separate contracts and to see if we can work out the details. And if we can't we'll go to the next one which will be the next lowest price one and we'll go from there. No decision has been made, no papers have been signed and its just entering into negotiations to see the best price the city can get and the county can get."

Houston says a primary concern for the board is the future of six city employees who would be laid off after privatization.  Red River has agreed to give city and county employees first consideration if they meet the hiring requirements for the waste disposal company.

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