Mayor Katie Andersen
JAMESTOWN - The Jamestown City Council was scheduled to give final consideration to a contract for curbside recycling during their regular monthly meeting on Monday, but chose to delay action.
Mayor Katie Andersen announced that the city had received changes to the contract with Renaissance Recycling on Friday. City Attorney Leo Ryan expressed concerns that if the changes are substantial, the contract could be out of compliance with the terms of the bid.
The council heard other concerns over the recycling plan from member Dan Buchanan. Buchanan said he had received several calls and letters questioning three aspects: the rates being charged, the lack of handling glass, and the availability to opt out of the recycling program. Mayor Andersen also said there remained questions over the handling of non-recyclable items placed in the program's containers.
At Andersen's urging, the city will spend Tuesday and Wednesday negotiating with Renaissance owner Ralph Freeble. The council is now tentatively scheduled to consider the contract at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.