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Council hires new City cleaning service

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 10th, 2010

The Kemmerer City Council and Mayor met last Monday, Nov. 8, at Kemmerer City Hall to discuss City janitorial contracts and City property sales as per the agenda.

Councilwoman Kathy Vasey was not in attendance, however, the remaining Council members were there. There were no visitor comments.

The first order of business was to contract out for the City’s cleaning/janitorial services. In October, the City requested proposals from anyone who may want to receive the City’s cleaning contract. Four proposals came back to the City, two of which quoted the same price: $18 per hour.

A committee from the City made up of Mike Archibald, Jennifer Lasik, April Corwin and Glenda Young made a decision amongst the four received proposals and presented that choice to each of the City’s department heads. They all agreed and Archibald presented that proposal, from Ann Collins, to the Council as the committee’s and the departments’ preferred choice.

The Council had a few very confusing options in front of them. They could either accept the committee’s preferred choice, reject it and choose another, or reject the proposals and request official bids. Under state statute, the City was not required to request bids for something that would cost less than $3,500.

After much discussion, and confusion, the Council and mayor voted 3-2 in favor of hiring Collins for $18 per hour.

“The reason that the people who are doing it now were not extended is not because of their performance, it was because they were underbid,” Councilman Bill Price said after the vote.

The next order of business was for the Council to consider the bids for real property. The property, located at 214 Burrell Street, was awarded to Matthew McCloud for the price of $16,050. McCloud was the highest bidder and the Council voted completely in favor of that award.

During the Comments portion of the meeting, City Administrator Mike Archibald reminded the Council of the upcoming decision regarding the City’s official newspaper of record. The Council requested that Archibald request price costs from both newspapers in advance of the December decision.

Archibald also reminded the Council and public of the upcoming events at the South Lincoln Training and Events Center, as well as the Capitol Christmas Tree’s visit to Kemmerer today, Thursday.

Councilman Tony Tomassi echoed Archibald’s support for the upcoming local events and encouraged the public to attend those events.

Mayor Zem Hopkins announced that he would attend the next Joint Powers Board meeting and discuss with the members of the board a possible relief for seniors and low income families. Hopkins also encouraged the public to see the Capitol tree today and expressed his appreciation for the City’s efforts in winterizing the city and preparing it for the pending snowfall.

The next Kemmerer City Council meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 22, at Kemmerer City Hall at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

For the complete article see the 11-11-2010 issue.

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